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1-Year-Old Boy Killed in Afternoon Drive-By Shooting in Downtown Pittsburgh

A 1-year-old boy was killed Saturday afternoon in an apparent drive-by shooting in downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh police responded to a 911 call at about 2:45 p.m. near PPG Place.

The boy, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers who arrived on the scene found the boy in a vehicle with his mother, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.

The mother was with the child when he was struck, Cmdr Cristyn Zett said.

TribLive reported that a black Jeep Wrangler was surrounded by investigators and ringed with crime scene tape on the street; its rear passenger window was shot out.

Zett said police are unsure if there’s a relationship between the shooter and the victim, and there’s no evidence anyone else was hit by gunfire.

Officers are searching for a suspect, she said, but police are not releasing a description.

PPG Place is providing surveillance footage, and police are canvasing other businesses in the area for video, the Post Gazette said.

Reggie Howze, who works the front desk at Etage Athletic Club nearby, said members and guests reported hearing eight or nine shots.

“It’s a lot of families nearby because there’s the fountain where people eat lunch. So for that to happen so close in proximity, it’s crazy,” he said. “That’s the only word I can use to describe.”

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[Featured image: Pittsburgh Public Safety]