Man, 20, Dead After Shooting At Monroeville Mall

Oct 7, 2020

Authorities say a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania shopping mall.

Allegheny County police say officers dispatched to the Monroeville Mall shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday found a 20-year-old man shot in the chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name wasn't immediately released.

Mall spokesperson Stacey Keating of CBL Properties called the shooting a “targeted incident" that didn't prompt an evacuation of the property. Police said homicide detectives are investigating, and the evidence indicated the shooting followed an argument and the victim wasn't “randomly targeted."

Ashley Kapalka, 25, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that she and her friend and their children were walking out of the mall when they saw an argument between two men, one of whom was armed. She said their group ran to her car but then heard two gunshots and saw a man try to run but fall to the ground.

No arrests were immediately reported. Anyone with information was asked to call county police.

The mall about 17 miles (27 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh has been the scene of gunfire before. In September 2019, two men were charged after shots were fired in the parking lot outside a movie theater. In April 2019, two groups of males began fighting and the brawl spilled out of the Macy's department store entrance, where one person pulled a gun and fired about 10 shots. No injuries were reported but the mall was evacuated.