Police say shooting linked to drug deal
Eagle Staff Writer
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August 9, 2017

CRANBERRY TWP — An arrest was made in a shooting Monday night that left one man injured.

Kahlil Tavarus Shelton, 23, of Duquesne was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in McKeesport and faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery, among other charges relating to the incident at a home on Marshall Road in Cranberry Township.

Cranberry Township Police responded to the house around 7:20 p.m. Monday for a report of a shooting. What was initially reported as a jewelry theft turned out to be a drug deal that turned into a robbery, police said.

Shelton fired a shot, and two other men with him gathered the drugs while Shelton threatened the victim and another witness in the house, according to police.

The victim, who police have not named, attempted to flee the house when Shelton fired another shot, striking the victim in the arm and upper torso. Neither the victim nor the suspects are from the Butler County area, said Sgt. Chuck Mascellino of Cranberry Township Police.

The victim was flown to UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital for surgery and is expected to recover, Mascellino said.

Another witness and a 6-year-old boy were also in the house at the time, but neither was injured.

Shelton and his accomplices fled the area in a silver sedan.

Nicholas Kotula, a next-door neighbor who lives at 9100 Marshall Road, said Monday night that he heard a gunshot and then a man screaming. He ran to his neighbor’s yard in time to see a silver car speeding away.