Gunman Still On the Loose After Violent Attempt To Rob Truck Driverby Jana Ritter - Published: 10/12/2016
Police are still searching for an armed suspect after a violent attempt to rob a truck driver on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Early reports indicated the trucker had been shot in the head, but his injury is now being described as a “grazing wound” and fortunately, he is expected to fully recover from the ordeal. However, the gunman is still on the loose after fleeing the scene and running towards a nearby neighborhood. A SWAT team was called to the area and two men were taken in for questioning after it was reported that one of them matched the description of the suspect. However, both men have since been cleared and police are back to square one.
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The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. in a secluded parking lot of the East Hills Shopping Center, near Frankstown Road and Robinson Boulevard. According to police, the truck driver said he was sitting in his rig getting ready to hit the road for a delivery job to Harrisburg, when he suddenly felt that something was very wrong. His instincts were right. A man armed with a gun approached the driver’s side of the cab and demanded money, threatening him with the gun. The driver said he told the gunman he had no money to give him and the suspect responded by firing a bullet, which grazed the truck driver’s head. Fortunately, the single shot was enough to send the gunman running and the truck driver immediately called police. Officials say he was taken to a nearby hospital, while police began the hunt for the armed suspect.
When K-9 units tracked the suspect’s scent from the shopping center to a nearby home, it didn’t take long for the Penn Hills Police, Pittsburgh Police and SWAT officers to swarm the area. “A few minutes later, we were told a possible suspect from the shooting came over into the East Hills community and potentially barricaded themselves into one of the houses here on Bracey Drive,” said Pittsburgh Police Commander Jason Lando. Everyone had thought the incident had come to its final end at just before 5 p.m. when two men were detained and taken into custody for questioning.
“We do have two people right now who were inside the house," Lando had reported. "They are being detained. At this time, they’re not being charged with any crime." But after Penn Hills detectives questioned the men, it was determined they had nothing to do with the attempted arm robbery and were soon released.
The Penn Hills police chief later confirmed to media that the two individuals had nothing to do with the attempted armed robbery and the investigation was “back to square one.” As of Wednesday evening, no arrests had been made and there were no further developments in the case.