Do you want to know how important football is in Pittsburgh? Witnesses to violence in our inner cities almost NEVER give even anonymous tips to the police. Well, this time they did.
Chief's threat draws suspects after Homewood shooting
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A day after gunfire cut short a youth football game at Stargell Field in Homewood, both residents and police said they are frustrated by the violence and called on each other to bring it to and end.
Police Chief Nate Harper, surrounded by disheartened coaches, police brass and community members outside the field on Monday, said the city would consider shutting down the popular football program if witnesses didn't give up the names of at least two gunman who exchanged gunfire there Sunday afternoon, sending three people to the hospital.
Chief Harper said he wanted the names by 8 p.m., and before that deadline arrived, he got his wish.
Residents provided detectives with the names of "two prime suspects," police spokeswoman Diane Richard said, identifying them only as men ages 20 and 26 who are well-known in Homewood.
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