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Suspect ‘just shot randomly’ in Kennedy homicide, police say

August 4, 2018

A man charged with homicide told a witness he “just shot randomly” into a crowd gathered to watch a fight Saturday in Kennedy, according to court records.

Israel Moon, 21, of McKees Rocks is charged with homicide and carrying a firearm without a license in the killing of 18-year-old Jassim Al-Maleky.

The group was gathered outside a home on Kennedy Lane about 4:30 p.m. Saturday to watch a fight between someone identified as “Witness 1” and another man referred to in the criminal complaint as “Luke.”

Witness 1 told police he was fighting with Luke when he heard two gunshots, according to the complaint. Upon hearing the shots, the pair stopped fighting. The witness ran into a nearby home and, upon going back outside, said Moon was gone.

A second witness reported picking up Moon at a South Side recording studio so they could drive to the fight together, police wrote in the complaint. The fight began, and Witness 2 told police he heard gunshots and ran toward the car.

Once Witness 2 and Moon were in the car, Witness 2 told police he saw the flashing lights of an ambulance and remarked that someone must have been hit, according to the complaint. Moon allegedly replied, “I didn’t aim, I just shot randomly,” police wrote.

A third witness told police that they’d been at the fight and took off when they heard gunshots, according to the complaint. Witness 3 described seeing a man -- later identified as Moon -- firing a pistol with an extended magazine toward the onlookers.

Witness 3 ran and told police Al-Maleky said to him, “I’m hit, man,” then collapsed, according to the complaint. The witness ran to a neighboring home and asked someone to call 911 then ran back to Al-Maleky with a towel to try to control the bleeding, police said.

Al-Maleky was pronounced dead less than two hours later at Allegheny General Hospital.

A fourth witness reported seeing a man pointing a pistol at the group watching the fight, and told police the man said, “You all came to boot up,” just before he opened fire, according to the complaint.

Court records show that Allegheny County homicide detectives filed the charges against Moon on Monday. Records indicate Moon was not yet in custody Tuesday morning.

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