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18-month-old boy shot and killed in Downtown Pittsburgh drive by; police actively searching for shooter

An 18-month-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by Sunday afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh, police said.Hours into the search for the person or people involved, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey made a plea for an end to the senseless violence the city is continuously facing, saying thoughts and prayers are not going to make change.Gainey was joined by Director of Public Safety Lee Schmidt, US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Cindy K. Chung and Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief of Investigations Lavonnie Bickerstaff in proving an update on the search for the suspect, or suspects just after 9 pm Sunday night.Bickerstaff said through their investigation it has become clear the shooter missed their intended target, and now a child is dead.“Of course, the baby was dead. not the intended target,” Bickerstaff said. She said the baby’s mother was not the target, either, but another person in the vehicle was.The baby, identified by the medical examiner’s office as DeAery Thomas, was killed when shots were fired into a gray Jeep in downtown Pittsburgh around 3 pmBickerstaff said investigators do not know of any relationship between any possible suspects and the child. “It can’t happen again and I don’t know what the circumstances are but no one should lose the 1-year-old child no matter what,” Greg Damjanovic, said.Damjanovic said he heard several rounds, then looked out his window to see the mother in panic on the street below.“I grieve the thought of another young life being taken in the city. At the same time, I know that thoughts and prayers are not enough. We’re utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so we can bring them to justice,” Gainey said.Within a few hours of the shooting, police tracked down a black Jeep which investigators said was used in the drive-by. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 cameras were there as police and search dogs swept the block, then took the car into evidence. As the search continues for the suspect or suspects, Bickerstaff pointed out the volume of guns on Pittsburgh streets.“There’s just too many guns out there, and it has a lot to do with irresponsible gun ownership, straw purchases, especially here in the city of Pittsburgh, and guns making their way to the hands of young people,” Bickerstaff said.Chung said every federal tool will be made available to local and state agencies in this investigation.Police ask that if you know anything that could help in their investigation , call this number: 412-323-7161.

An 18-month-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by Sunday afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh, police said.

Hours into the search for the person or people involved, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey made a plea for an end to the senseless violence the city is continuously facing, saying thoughts and prayers are not going to make change.

Gainey was joined by Director of Public Safety Lee Schmidt, US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Cindy K. Chung and Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief of Investigations Lavonnie Bickerstaff in proving an update on the search for the suspect, or suspects just after 9 pm Sunday night.

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Bickerstaff said through their investigation it has become clear the shooter missed their intended target, and now a child is dead.

“Of course, the baby was not the intended target,” Bickerstaff said. She said the baby’s mother was not the target, either, but another person in the vehicle was she.

The baby, identified by the medical examiner’s office as DeAery Thomas, was killed when shots were fired into a gray Jeep in downtown Pittsburgh around 3 pm

Bickerstaff said investigators do not know of any relationship between any possible suspects and the child.

“It can’t happen again and I don’t know what the circumstances are but no one should lose the 1-year-old child no matter what,” Greg Damjanovic, said.

Damjanovic said he heard several rounds, then looked out his window to see the mother in panic on the street below.

“I grieve the thought of another young life being taken in the city. At the same time, I know that thoughts and prayers are not enough. We’re utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so we can bring them to justice,” Gainey said.

Within a few hours of the shooting, police tracked down a black Jeep which investigators said was used in the drive-by.

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Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 cameras were there as police and search dogs swept the block, then took the car into evidence.

As the search continues for the suspect or suspects, Bickerstaff pointed out the volume of guns on Pittsburgh streets.

“There’s just too many guns out there, and it has a lot to do with irresponsible gun ownership, straw purchases, especially here in the city of Pittsburgh, and guns making their way to the hands of young people,” Bickerstaff said.

Chung said every federal tool will be made available to local and state agencies in this investigation.

Police ask that if you know anything that could help in their investigation, call this number: 412-323-7161.

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