On the night of Tuesday June 20, 2018 an incident of shooting that occurred in the Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock was witnessed and reported by spectators to the Alleghany county police department, via telephone calls at around 8:20 p.m. A vehicle involved in the shooting was seen fleeing from the scene, while wounding a 22 year old man, who was taken to the hospital where he was treated and soon released.
A description of the vehicle, as given by the eye-witnesses was sent out to all the neighboring police departments. Later at 8:40 p.m. an officer of the police identifying a vehicle on Grandview Avenue as having the same description as that conveyed, pulled the car over for investigation (The car even had ballistics damage to the rear window from the shot fired back by the victim of the shooting).
While the driver of the vehicle was being handcuffed left the car and ran out.
One of them namely, Antwon Rose was fatally wounded by one of the law enforcement officials. The 20 year old, black, male was shot thrice in the back as can be seen in video recorded and uploaded by an onlooker.
Although the Alleghany police investigation did find two guns in the vehicle, the Alleghany police superintendent has confirmed that Antwon was unarmed at the time that he was shot. The 20 year old driver who was detained by the officials has been released after investigation, while the other passenger who fled from the car is still at large.
Investigation of the initial shooting incident that led to this unfortunate fatality reveals that a gunman in a silver Chevrolet Cruz had fired at the 22 year old wounding him in the abdomen who had then shot back thus causing damage to the rear window of the vehicle.
The superintendent is confident that the car pulled over at the traffic stop at Grandview Avenue and Howard street in east Pittsburgh was the one involved in this earlier incident.
The death of the 17 year old black boy has sparked a chain of protests demanding justice for Antwon Rose. Later the following day a number of protestors rallied outside the east Pittsburgh police department carrying signs that read, “Black lives matter” and “Justice for Antwon” while chanting “No justice, no peace!”
Protests have continued up to a third day raising national attention toward the incident. Several streets were blocked by the protestors in the city of Pennsylvania, on Friday asking to justify the killing of an unarmed, black boy. The demonstrators continued to march the streets of Pittsburgh into the night asking, “Three shots in the back, how do you justify that?” marchers have even been seen holding signs saying “Fire Killer Cops”
There have been reports about a video clip showing Rose firing a gun from his vehicle in the drive-by shooting and also that Antwon Rose was found to have gunshot residues on his hands. These reports however, have been confirmed as being false reports by the superintendent McDonough. He has stated that while the Alleghany County Police Department has acquired a video showing the incident at North Braddock, it does not show Rose firing the shots. The information regarding the gunshot residue is also not true as crime lab reports are still pending and have not yet been issued.
Antwon was a senior at Woodland Hills High School, a brilliant student and described as kind, funny and lively by those well acquainted with him. He was also actively involved in charity work, volunteering at the Free Store an organization created by Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of the mayor of Braddock, Pa. The organization has been created to donate item to those in need. Ms Fetterman remembers him as a polite helpful boy.