PITTSBURGH, PA – A video of a juvenile, armed with a gun on his way to a parking lot in East Hills sparked a police response from the Pittsburgh Police Department on Saturday.
“On May 28, Pittsburgh Police from Zone 5, after viewing a video on a social media platform of a juvenile male waving a gun, headed to a parking lot in the East Hills area where they believed the online post had been created,” the department said. “Officers quickly located a large group of young males and females outside and in vehicles in the 2300 block of East Hills Drive.”
Upon their approach in marked police vehicles, two males ran from the area as officers gave commands to stop.
“Officers caught up with the one adult male and placed him in custody. A stolen firearm was discarded during the foot pursuit. He is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Tampering with Evidence, and Resisting Arrest,” the department said. “Police did not immediately locate the other male who fled on foot.”
A second male, the juvenile who was seen in the original video, was also arrested. He was released to the custody of his mother.
He faces charges of Firearms not to be Carried without a License, Possession of a Firearm by a Minor, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
After a thorough search of the parking lot and search warrants secured for the vehicles, a total of eight firearms, four bricks of heroin, two bundles of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the scene.Pittsburgh Police Department Press Release
The investigation is ongoing.