Police: Facial tattoos should help track down suspect in Allegheny West shooting

Police say a young man is in critical but stable condition after being shot on Monday night in Allegheny West.

At approximately 6 p.m., police responded to the 3100 block of 35th St. near the intersection of Allegheny Avenue for multiple calls of shots being fired, according to police spokespersons.

Upon their arrival, they saw a 19-year-old man who was shot in the right arm on the street outside a convenience store. Medics took the man, who police did not identify, to Temple University Hospital.

Two empty shell casings were found at the crime scene. In addition, police are also using nearby surveillance cameras to assist in identifying and capturing the shooter, who was described by police as a black male wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and last seen entering a vehicle that may have been a Buick Regal.

At the time of the shooting, the shooter was in the company of several other unidentified males.

While police were unable to immediately ascertain a motive, police are confident that identification and arrest is imminent as the primary suspect had numerous tattoos on both sides of his face.

“We should be able to bring this guy in because of his unique description,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small on Monday. No updates were available Tuesday morning.

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