At least 6 people injured in shooting outside Pittsburgh funeral, officials say
Shooting occurred in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where the funeral is being held for former Marine, Marine Corps veteran, and Pittsburgh native John Heinze who was fatally shot on Saturday, police say
A man who was previously identified by police as a suspect in the shooting that left a former Marine, Marine Corps veteran and Pittsburgh native John Heinze dead was taken into police custody this morning, the city of Pittsburgh announced on Sunday.
John L. Heinze, 52, was fatally shot in his Squirrel Hill home on Saturday in the early afternoon. The incident is under investigation.
Heinze, a Pittsburgh native who served in the Marine Corps when he was 23, joined the Marines after graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, and served out his last two years at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.
A police officer also faces a charge of first-degree reckless endangering following the shooting.
Pittsburgh Police said Saturday that Heinze had been detained by police following a shooting shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday at his Squirrel Hill home.
Police said Heinze “was involved in an argument with a group of men” at the residence. Police said the argument was “loud and threatening, and escalated to a physical confrontation.”
Heinze was struck in the upper body with an unknown weapon, police said. He was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Heinze’s funeral was scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Bethel Baptist Church, with a visitation starting at 1 p.m. The service will be closed to the media.
We are saddened to report the passing of John Heinze, a life long Pittsburgh resident and Pennsylvania native that made the choice to join the military while in college while in Pitt and left in his last semester to serve his country.