Police arrest 15-year-old in Kennywood shooting, looking for another suspect

Allegheny County Police say the suspect was shot by another person

Allegheny County Police have announced the arrest of a 15-year-old in connection with a triple-shooting at Kennywood Park on September 24 and are looking for a second shooting suspect.

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During a news conference Thursday morning, authorities announced the arrest of Darryl Pirl of West Mifflin. They say physical evidence collected at the scene and on Pirl led to the arrest.

Investigators initially said a fight between two groups of young people at the park eventually led to the shooting. Police now believe the incident is connected to an ongoing feud between teenagers in Homestead and Duquesne.

Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent Victor Joseph says officers have been called to those two neighbors 55 times since June 1.

"We all know that this is a serious problem," he said. The people who live in these communities know how serious it is. People who have lost loved ones due to gun violence and incarceration know how devastating it is. Something has to change."

Pirl was one of the people injured in the shooting. Police say they they're now looking for a second shooter, likely a juvenile.

"The physical evidence suggests that he fired a firearm, which led to evidence that showed he fired the firearm," said Allegheny County Police Superintendent Christopher Kearns. "There's also evidence that he received a gunshot wound to the thigh and waistline area."

Police believe the other two people injured were bystanders.

Police say they still don’t know how the weapons got into the park but believe it is likely the guns were either thrown over the fence or brought into the park by people jumping over the fence with a gun on them.

Pirl is being charged as an adult in the shooting.

He faces two charges of aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a permit, possession of a firearm by a minor and recklessly endangering another person.

A Preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 14.

Kennywood increased their security following the incident including adding security and cameras around the fence perimeter, doubling the police presence and updating its chaperone, mask and bag policies.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Allegheny County Jail