NORTH VERSAILLES (KDKA) - Two teenagers were shot, one was killed and the other was critically injured in a shooting at the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles.
Both of the victims were 15-years-old.
The victim who has died has been identified as Steven Eason of Wilmerding.
Eason was a student at Central Catholic and a member of the track team.
"The Central Catholic community is deeply saddened by this tragic loss," said Brother Tony Baginski, principal of Central Catholic. "Steven was a dedicated student, a talented member of the track team, and a blessing to have at Central Catholic. He will be deeply missed by all of us at Central Catholic and we offer our condolences and prayers to his family and friends. Our counseling team, as well as alumni who are trained in grief counseling, are here to provide support for the family and the Central Catholic community."
The shooting happened between the ticket booth and the red barn.
Employees tell KDKA they heard at least 3-4 gunshots and that there were words exchanged prior to the shooting.
"We were in our scene getting ready for more people to come down," said Pipper Donaldson, one of the employees. "We heard the gunshots and somebody came running past us and didn't tell us anything [We heard] about four or five [gunshots], and they evacuated us. They didn't tell us anything until the end until we were ready to leave."
Police have described the suspect as a Black teenager between the ages of 15-17 with short hair, between 5'9" and 6'0", wearing dark blue cargo shorts and a black backpack.
"What goes through my mind when a 15-year-old gets shot at a hayride," said Allegheny County Police Lt. Vernando Costa. "I think it's a terrible shame. You come to an area where you are going to have fun and it's, innocent people were around anybody could have been hurt. People not involved."
Route 48 has been reopened and Haunted Hills Hayride has been closed
Allegheny County Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit is on the scene.
This article was first published at 10:06 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2021.
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