Police Make Arrest in 2013 “Baby Marcus” Case

Date: June 27, 2020
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police detectives and SWAT officers arrested a Wilkinsburg man this morning on criminal homicide and other charges in connection to a 2013 triple shooting that killed a 1-year-old baby.

Gregory Parker, 22, is charged with criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy, four counts of aggravated assault and gun charges. He was brought to Police Headquarters Saturday before transport to the Allegheny County Jail.

On May 21, 2013, Zone 5 officers responded to a report of a shooting in a picnic area on the 2300 block of East Hills Drive. Two adults and a baby, Marcus White, Jr. were shot. The two adults survived. Baby Marcus, who was 15 months old, died.

During the initial investigation, police interviewed numerous witnesses. The investigation revealed that a group of 25 to 30 people were enjoying a picnic when a group of individuals exited a vehicle across the street and started shooting at them.

Baby Marcus’s aunt picked him up and used her body to shield him from the gunfire. Investigators believe a bullet struck her in the back and traveled through her before fatally striking the baby in the chest.

No arrests were made that day. But Pittsburgh Police never gave up and never stopped seeking justice for Baby Marcus.

Investigating detectives know that this arrest will not erase the pain of Baby Marcus’s family. But members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police hope that Parker’s arrest will at least bring a level of closure to family and community members.

This investigation, now in its eight year, is ongoing and active. Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call Violent Crime Unit detectives at (412) 323-7161.

Source: Public Safety Media Blotter

Police Arrest Man for 2019 Homicide

Violent Crime Unit detectives arrested an East End man today in connection to a 2019 homicide.

Isaiah Evans, 22, of the East End is charged with criminal homicide in the March, 2019 shooting death of Daniel Carpenter, 42.

On March 17, 2019, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers responded to a report of a male shot near the intersection of Shetland Street and Victor Way. Zone 5 officers found Carpenter inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his neck. EMS Medics transported him to Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on March 18, 2019.

Evans faces gun charges in addition to the homicide charge.


Source: Public Safety Media Blotter

Pittsburgh rapper dies in Swissvale shooting

Police said the 31-year-old man was taken to a local hospital for a gunshot wound and later died.

The victim was later identified as Kellyn Toliver.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has confirmed that Toliver is a Pittsburgh rapper who goes by Tolly Bandz.

Homicide detectives are investigating. No suspects have been identified.

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Second person charged with homicide in Pittsburgh man’s death

PITTSBURGH — A second arrest was made in connection with a man’s beating and death in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.

Police said Roger Brown, 63, was found bleeding in broad daylight on a sidewalk on Frankstown Road around 5 p.m. Friday. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he died on Sunday.

Marlon Johnson, 31, was detained by police later Friday night in Homewood as he fit the description of the attacker. He was taken to headquarters for questioning and then later arrested. Police said his charges were upgraded to homicide after Brown died.The details of what led to Brown’s injuries and eventual death are still unclear.

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Seattle police investigating after ‘several bags’ of human remains found on shore | Fox News

Seattle police are investigating after “several bags” of human remains were found on a beach Friday, authorities said.

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Reading stabbings: Three people dead after Forbury Gardens attack – BBC News

A 25-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of murder after being detained at the scene.

The attack happened at Forbury Gardens at about 19:00 BST where several people were stabbed.

Police are not currently treating the incident as terror-related, but counter terrorism officers were called.

Security sources have told the BBC a man arrested at the scene is thought to be Libyan.

Home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said he had been told the man had previously been in prison in the UK for a relatively minor conviction, not a terrorism offence.

It is not being treated as terror-related, say police, after a man is arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source: Reading stabbings: Three people dead after Forbury Gardens attack – BBC News

Minneapolis shooting: One person was killed and 11 others were wounded, police say – CNN

(CNN)One man was killed and 11 other people were injured in an overnight shooting in Minneapolis, police said.

A total of 12 people suffered gunshot wounds shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South, the Minneapolis Police Department said.
The 11 survivors hose suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.
At first, the gunfire sounded like fireworks, witness Erik Thompson said. But it kept going.
“We started hearing whizzing by our ears, and it was the bullets coming towards us,” he said.
“The hardest part was just … not knowing what to do, so we kind of hit the deck. The two cops who were there on our side of the street had the protection of their cop car, and they (drew) their weapons. It was pretty surreal.”

Source: Minneapolis shooting: One person was killed and 11 others were wounded, police say – CNN

Bus Driver in Fatal Oakland Pedestrian Collision Arrested

Following an investigation by the Pittsburgh Police Collision Investigation Unit, Shavonne James, 33, of Pittsburgh has been arrested in the January 18, 2020 fatal collision between a bus and pedestrian on De Soto Street and Fifth Avenue around 12:15 p.m.

James faces four charges including Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Activities, and Right of Way of Pedestrians in Crosswalks.

She is currently being held in Allegheny County Jail.

Original incident details: http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/blotterview/475

Source: Public Safety Media Blotter

Feds to review investigations into two Black men found hanging in Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are reviewing investigations into the deaths of two Black men who were recently found hanging in Southern California.

Sheriff’s officials have said there are no signs of foul play in the death of Robert Fuller last week in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, or the death May 31 of Malcolm Harsch in Victorville, but investigations continue.

Fuller, 24, was found dead near Palmdale City Hall on Wednesday afternoon by a passerby, a sheriff’s official has said, and his death was initially ruled an apparent suicide.

On Monday, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, chief medical examiner-coroner for Los Angeles County, said the cause and manner of death would not be determined until other evidence is in, including toxicology results.

“The initial reports appeared to be consistent with a suicide,” Lucas said. “But we felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper.”

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Fuller’s family has said he was not suicidal. “We just want to know the truth,” his sister, Diamond Alexander, has said.

Weekend protests and rallies have called on officials to conduct a thorough investigation.

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