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Police Seek Possible Witness To Shooting

April 20, 1986

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Authorities are hoping a man will make another call to a telephone crime tip service with more information about the shooting death of a Toronto rabbinical student.

The caller was probably near the dark Pittsburgh street corner where Neal S. Rosenblum was gunned down Thursday, Tony Hovanec, coordinator of Crime Solvers in Beaver, said Saturday.

The 25-year-old man died early Friday in surgery after he was shot at least six times by two men in a car, according to authorities.

Hovanec, also the police chief in Beaver, declined to reveal details of the call to Crime Solvers on Friday, but said the man may have witnessed the shooting and called the service anonymously after seeing a televised account of the killing.

Rosenblum, who was visiting wife’s parents in Pittsburgh, was walking to their home in the city’s Squirrel Hill section when he was attacked, police said.

A postgraduate student at Ner Israel Yeshiva who became a rabbi about a year ago, Rosenblum was wearing Orthodox Jewish clothing and had just come from studying the Torah at the Kollel Bais Yitzchok Torah Institute Study Center.

Most of the city’s 18-member homicide squad was investigating the shooting Saturday, said police Lt. William Mullen.

″People have been calling in with tips, and we’ve been following them up,″ he said. ″We haven’t narrowed anything down.″

Before he lost consciousness, Rosenblum told a man who heard the shooting that he was shot by two young men in a dark sports car with pop-up headlights.

Some Squirrel Hill residents thought Rosenblum may have been a target because he was dressed in the dark suit and yarmulke.

″That’s my gut feeling, with all that’s been going on, but I could be wrong,″ said Betty Levine, who has a travel agency a block away from where the shooting occurred.

Others believe the killing was random.

″It certainly doesn’t sound like a professional or terroristic attack. The fact that he didn’t die instantly shows they were not professionals, ″ said Dennis Katz, 39, who lives a half-block from the shooting scene.

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