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Unauthorized violence

Fig. 1. “Ed Gainey poses with CeaseFirePA during the 2020 Women’s March in Downtown Pittsburgh.” Photograph by Megan Gloeckler, undated, via Pittsburgh City Paper,[1] fair use.

Fig. 2. “A woman reacts at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday’s shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 29, 2018,” photograph by Cathal McNaughton for Reuters, via ABC News, October 29, 2018,[2] fair use.

See also:

Campbell Robertson, Christopher Mele, and Sabrina Tavernise, “11 Killed in Synagogue Massacre; Suspect Charged With 29 Counts,” New York Times, October 27, 2018,

Paul Guggenheimer, “Alabama man charged with stabbing woman in Pittsburgh’s Downtown,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 23, 2019,

Bill Hutchinson et al., “Pittsburgh synagogue-shooting suspect wheeled into courtroom; Trump to visit city Tuesday,” ABC News, October 29, 2019,

Charlie Wolfson, “Neighborhood groups try to curb shootings as Pittsburgh’s mayoral campaign puts political focus on gun violence,” Pittsburgh City Paper, October 20, 2021,

Nick Matoney, “Man shot multiple times in Pittsburgh’s Hill District,” WTAE, March 25, 2022,

Sarafina James, “Man assaulted, hospitalized following crash in Pittsburgh’s Hill District,” WPXI, April 8, 2022,

WPXI, “19-year-old killed, 1 other injured in Hill District shooting,” April 11, 2022,

Megan Guza, “3 shot in Pittsburgh’s Hill District,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 12, 2022,

Jesse Bunch and Andrew Goldstein, “In the Hill District, residents grapple with recent spike in gun violence,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 16, 2022,

Julia Felton, “Ed Gainey marks 100 days as Pittsburgh’s mayor, learns to ‘fall in love with adversity,’” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 16, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “One man dead after Marshall-Shadeland shooting,” April 16, 2022,

Megan Guza and Ryan Deto, “Multiple shooters suspected in ‘war scene’ that killed 2, injured 8 on Pittsburgh’s North Side,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 17, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “At least 11 shot, 2 dead in North Side shooting, police say,” April 17, 2022,

Brian C. Rittmeyer, “Pittsburgh police investigating shootout at South Side Flats clothing store,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 17, 2022,

Mick Stinelli, Julian Routh, and Ed Blazina, “North Side residents describe chaos at Airbnb before mass shooting as concerns mount over Pittsburgh gun violence,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 17, 2022,

Ed Blazina, “Pittsburgh officials finding that barring parties at Airbnb rentals is a difficult task, despite strict ban,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 18, 2022,

Julia Felton, “Pittsburgh City Council looks to regulate Airbnb, other short-term rentals after deadly weekend shooting,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 18, 2022,

Gillian McGoldrick, “After North Side shooting, Pittsburgh’s lawmakers want action on gun control measures, Airbnb regulations,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 19, 2022,

Megan Guza, “Gainey: Ending violence in Pittsburgh will take citywide approach,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 21, 2022,

Julian Routh, “Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, in wake of North Side mass shooting, says ‘we can’t give up’ in efforts to stem gun violence,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 21, 2022,

Mick Stinelli, “Pittsburgh police data: 56 reported homicides in 2021,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 13, 2022,

Megan Guza, “Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey unveils plan to combat city violence,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 3, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Man hospitalized after being shot in South Side,” June 4, 2022,

Erika Stanish, “Leaders call for crowd control on South Side to curb violence,” KDKA-TV, June 4, 2022,

Megan Guza, “Pittsburgh leaders brace for busy weekend amid ongoing violence,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 10, 2022,

Megan Tomasic, “Police: Man shot to death in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood during dispute,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 10, 2022,

Michael Pound, “City councilman: South Side walk was an ‘eye-opener’ for Mayor Gainey,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 11, 2022,

Hallie Lauer, “Amid surge in violence, Pittsburgh leaders, public seek more details on Mayor Gainey’s ‘peace’ plan,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 13, 2022,

Nicole Ford, “Downtown Pittsburgh businesses impacted by escalating violence on Liberty Avenue,” WPXI, June 20, 2022,

Jeff Himler, “Gunfire on Pittsburgh’s South Side sends 3 to hospital,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 25, 2022,

Jeff Himler, “Pittsburgh man arrested after 3 wounded, officer shot during gunfire in Knoxville,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 25, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “1 killed, 2 injured in overnight shooting in Hazelwood,” July 1, 2022,

John Hayes, “Off-duty Oakdale police officer killed in Blawnox; man charged,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 4, 2022,

Megan Tomasic, “Off-duty police officer killed in Blawnox shooting in road rage incident,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 4, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Man killed in overnight Hill District shooting,” July 14, 2022,

Jon Moss, “Pittsburgh hit with surge in deadly shootings in 2022,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 18, 2022,

Jon Moss, “Allegheny County homicides concentrated in small number of neighborhoods, report says,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 28, 2022,

Jesse Bunch and Hannah Wyman, “Mayor Gainey calls for more peace efforts after string of shootings leaves 2 dead, several injured across Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 9, 2022,

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Man shot, dies in Lincoln-Lemington,” August 14, 2022,

Quinn Glabicki and Amelia Winger, “‘Change the narrative’: A new crew of ‘interrupters’ aims to curb the violence in McKeesport,” Pittsburgh Public Source, August 15, 2022,

Patrick Damp, “Car hit by gunfire in the Strip District,” KDKA-TV, September 9, 2022,

Nick Matoney, “Delivery driver shot during robbery and attempted carjacking in Pittsburgh,” WTAE, September 20, 2022,

Maddie Aiken, “2 teens, 1 man shot inside Kennywood Park,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 24, 2022,

Joe Napsha, “1 man fatally shot, 1 wounded on Pittsburgh’s Hill District,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 24, 2022,

Julia Felton, “Police say Dormont shooting led to chase, crash on Liberty Bridge,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 14, 2022,

Rich Cholodofsky, “North Side residents fed up, as 3 people killed, 1 injured in Saturday night shooting,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 16, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “3 wounded in shootings on South Side, Arlington,” October 24, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Police: Man shot and killed in vehicle in Wilkinsburg,” October 24, 2022,

Megan Guza, “Shots fired in Downtown hit charter school; no one injured,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 25, 2022,

Justin Vellucci, “Pittsburgh’s soaring homicide rate leaves officials baffled,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 27, 2022,

Eric Jankiewicz, “Funeral shooting in Brighton Heights reflects cycle of violence and spiral of pain, advocates and officials say,” Pittsburgh Public Source, October 28, 2022,

Justin Vellucci, “Police: 6 people shot outside Brighton Heights church,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 28, 2022,

Julia Felton, “Pittsburgh Mayor asks for public’s help to get guns off streets amid Brighton Heights shooting,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 30, 2022,

Megan Guza, “2 charged in North Side shooting that killed 3; police qualify use of ‘gang’ description,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 3, 2022,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Man shot and killed in Scott office building,” November 9, 2022,

Joe Napsha, “Man stabbed to death, woman suffers facial injuries in Knoxville home invasion,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 10, 2022,

Maddie Aiken, “Man dies after stabbing in West Mifflin,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2022,

Justin Vellucci, “Bystander struck by bullet in Downtown Pittsburgh, police say,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2022,

Megan Guza, “Man accused in fatal Mount Washington stabbing was ‘frustrated, cold and wanted a cigarette,’” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 17, 2022,

Jonathan D. Silver, “A deadly tide: Officials blame violence in Pennsylvania on relentless flow of guns,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 20, 2022,

Justin Vellucci, “Mayor Ed Gainey takes gun violence concerns to social media after 4-year-old’s death,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 2, 2022,

Megan Guza, “Pittsburgh leaders push for answers and peace after shooting death of 4-year-old in Lincoln-Lemington,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 3, 2022,

Paula Reed Ward, “Zappala criticizes Gainey administration, Pittsburgh police over response to city violence,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 16, 2022,

Megan Tomasic, “2 injured in shooting along McKnight Road in Ross,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 5, 2023,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Arrest made after shots fired, hostage situation at Eat ‘N Park in Banksville,” January 6, 2023,

Megan Guza, “2 involved in Route 51 police chase charged with homicide in Carrick shooting death,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 10, 2023,

Megan Guza, “Experts and research cast doubt about Pittsburgh leaders’ efforts to quell recent surge in violence,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 22, 2023,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “2 critically wounded in shootings on the South Side,” January 22, 2023,

Mark Belko, “Fitzgerald offers county police support to help address Downtown Pittsburgh safety concerns,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 31, 2023,

Mark Belko, “Allegheny County police are now patrolling Downtown Pittsburgh as concerns over safety escalate,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 6, 2023,

Paula Reed Ward, “Details of McKeesport officer’s fatal shooting emerge; man charged,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 6, 2023,

Paula Reed Ward, Justin Vellucci, and Julia Maruca, “McKeesport police officer killed, another officer and suspect wounded,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 6, 2023,

Jennifer Borrasso, “McKeesport Police Officer Sean Sluganski, 32,shot to death in the line of duty. . .,” Twitter, February 7, 2023,

Megan Tomasic and Megan Guza, “Community gathers in grief as slain McKeesport officer is taken to a Brentwood funeral home,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 7, 2023,

Michael DiVittorio, “Pa. drug task force agents, McKees Rocks officer exchange gunfire with suspects in Stowe,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 27, 2023,

Justin Vellucci, “Third man dies, 2 injured in separate McKeesport shootings, authorities say,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 1, 2023,

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “McKeesport sees another fatal shooting; four deaths in three days,” March 3, 2023,

Laura Malt Schneiderman, “Gang violence in Pittsburgh has given way to a new, less organized form of crime,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 16, 2023,

Michael Korsh, “Downtown, South Side remain epicenters of violence, despite Pittsburgh’s crime numbers — and response,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 30, 2023,

Paula Reed Ward and Justin Vellucci, “Pittsburgh synagogue shooter should be put to death, jury decides,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 2, 2023,

Paula Reed Ward and Justin Vellucci, “Judge formally sentences Pittsburgh synagogue shooter to death in emotional hearing,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 3, 2023,

Justin Vellucci, Ryan Deto, and Paula Reed Ward, “Garfield gunman dead after 6-hour standoff,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 23, 2023,

Justin Fox, “Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be Black in America,” Bloomberg, September 14, 2023,

  1. [1]Charlie Wolfson, “Neighborhood groups try to curb shootings as Pittsburgh’s mayoral campaign puts political focus on gun violence,” Pittsburgh City Paper, October 20, 2021,
  2. [2]Bill Hutchinson et al., “Pittsburgh synagogue-shooting suspect wheeled into courtroom; Trump to visit city Tuesday,” ABC News, October 29, 2019,

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