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June 24, 2014

Police continue Crestview shooting probes

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police are staying mum about circumstances surrounding a homicide at Crestview Gardens as they work to pinpoint suspects.

It was the second shooting in two days in an area of New Castle’s East Side that has a history of problems with drugs, guns and violence.

According to Police Chief Bobby Salem, Friday’s shooting death of Andrew Edwards Jr., 29, of McKeesport occurred just after 7:30 p.m., while it was still daylight and people, including children, were outdoors. Residents of the complex said an ice cream truck had been in the neighborhood selling treats to young ones not long before the gunfire broke out.

Salem said Edwards apparently was not a resident of the apartments but was visiting. He was lying dead in a pool of blood on the ground outside the entrance of 1110 Pin Oak Drive, an apartment building in the complex, when police arrived.

“The initial call was that a man was shot,” Salem said. “Then there were numerous calls regarding multiple gunshots.”

He would not say whether there are any suspects nor talk about circumstances surrounding the shooting.

An autopsy was performed Saturday at Heritage Valley Hospital in Beaver County. Rich Johnson, Lawrence County deputy coroner, said Sunday that Edwards had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Police also are continuing an investigation into a shooting Thursday night, where Stephen Marquise Brown, 17, of Apartment 2C, 1108 Pin Oak Drive was shot in the right buttocks. Police found him lying outside another apartment building in the Crestview Gardens complex, and found about 8 grams of suspected heroin inside an upstairs apartment. Three cars parked in the lot were damaged by gunfire, according to police.

Brown was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. His condition was unknown Monday.

Salem would not comment on whether the two shootings are connected, saying, “We’re continuing to investigate.”

He asks that anyone with information about either incident contact Sgt. Brian Cuscino at (724) 656-3586. Anyone who wants to leave anonymous tips may do so online at the New Castle Police Department website at www.newcastlepd.gov.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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