Pittsburgh police prepare for a busy weekend in the city’s downtown – WPXI

ByShannon J. Cortes

Aug 11, 2022

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police say following violence last week that left two people dead and more than a dozen injured, the city today set a homicide record, with 44 murders so far. now this year.

At Thursday’s police briefing, officials asked for the public’s help and said they were ready for the busy weekend ahead.

“We’ve had 44 homicides so far this year, compared to 38 this time last year,” the commander said. Richard Ford of the Major Crimes Division.

Commander Ford said that was a 15% increase, and after a deadly weekend he is urging the public to help officers make more arrests.

Ford referred to Sunday’s quadruple shooting on the North Side that left one person dead during the briefing.

“There were over 50 bullets that were fired and several people were on the street, and we’re asking those people to provide us with whatever information they have,” Ford said.

This incident was just one of many tragedies that occurred over a violent weekend. In total, the city saw five shootings scattered across Homewood, Stowe, Highland Park, the Hill District and the North Side.

This all comes just ahead of a busy weekend filled with several festivals, a Steelers game and three major concerts.

“We have taken the extra precaution to ensure that we have enough resources to make these events as wonderful as they were a few weeks ago,” Deputy Police Chief Linda Rosato-Barone said..

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