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The Bobster
11-05-2015, 03:07 PM

Likely Crossfire Leaves Pennsylvania Driver, 73, Shot in Head
Published at 9:07 AM EST on Nov 5, 2015

Police believe a 73-year-old man who crashed his vehicle and later died after being shot in the head is an innocent victim caught in the crossfire between two cars at a crime-ridden western Pennsylvania housing project.

The victim, James Ponzo, of Glassport, died of the gunshot which was discovered when his vehicle crashed into another just before 3 p.m. Wednesday in McKeesport. Two people in the other vehicle, also innocent bystanders, suffered only minor injuries.

Allegheny County police say they're looking for one or two vehicles believed to be involved in trading gunfire at the Crawford Village housing complex shortly before Ponzo crashed.

Lt. Andrew Schurman says police think Ponzo "was an innocent victim and he was just driving by the area when the shooting occurred."

There were no immediate arrests.

11-05-2015, 03:14 PM

Friends mourn innocent victim of McKeesport shooting
UPDATED 5:54 PM EST Nov 05, 2015


MCKEESPORT, Pa. —James Ponzo was driving away from a gas station and getting ready to attend a funeral service for a cousin when he was killed Wednesday afternoon, the innocent victim of a tragic shooting in McKeesport.

11-06-2015, 01:00 PM

Suspect wanted in fatal shooting of innocent man, 72, in McKeesport
Rashawn Walker, 18, wanted for questioning in death of James Ponzo
UPDATED 3:08 PM EST Nov 06, 2015


McKEESPORT, Pa. —Allegheny County homicide detectives have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 72-year-old man this week in McKeesport.

Detectives are asking for help to find 18-year-old Rashawn Walker, who they say is already wanted on two unrelated warrants and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Walker is described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds, with a tattoo on the front of his neck. Police said he is from the McKeesport area but has ties to Clairton and is known to hide in the hotels at the Homestead Waterfront.

Anyone with information on Walker's whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous.

Police say the victim, James Ponzo, was driving near Crawford Village just before 3 p.m. Wednesday when, for unknown reasons, someone started shooting. A bullet hit Ponzo in the head, and he crashed his car into another vehicle on Fifth Avenue.

The Bobster
11-11-2015, 08:09 AM

Teen Turns Self in to Face Charges in Crossfire That Left Elderly Pennsylvania Driver Dead
Published at 4:52 AM EST on Nov 11, 2015

Police say a man wanted in the shooting death of an elderly motorist believed to have been caught in the crossfire in western Pennsylvania has turned himself into police.

Eighteen-year-old Rashawn Walker was taken into custody just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Walker didn't respond to reporters' questions. His attorney, Randall McKinney, says his client wasn't involved in the shooting.

Investigators say 73-year-old James Ponzo died of a gunshot wound to the head last week when his vehicle got caught in the crossfire between two cars in McKeesport.

As of Tuesday night, Walker hadn't been charged in Ponzo's death. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail on a probation violation.