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Pa. Shooting Suspect Arrested

May 15, 1998

PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) _ A county maintenance worker accused of shooting and injuring two co-workers was arrested this morning near his son’s grave.

Police had been looking for Norman Hill since Thursday, when witnesses said he walked into an office at a housing project in nearby Duquesne and opened fire on two men. One was shot in the face and chest and the other in the chest and hand. Their conditions were not released.

Hill, 49, of Verona, had been on a stress-related leave from the Allegheny County Housing Authority, but police said they didn’t know exactly what motivated the shooting.

A former co-worker said Hill was depressed about his son’s 1995 suicide and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today that he may have thought he was losing his job.

Hill was arrested without a fight at the Mount Hope Cemetery, where he was sitting in his car. Police had staked out the cemetery.

Duquesne Police Chief Richard Adams said Hill walked into the project’s maintenance office Thursday afternoon and shot Timothy Gribble, 47, the authority’s assistant director of maintenance, and Harry Davis Jr., 41, a house inspections supervisor.

One witness told police Davis was pleading for his life as he ran up a flight of stairs to an office, where he locked himself in a closet. Hill eventually ran to his car and sped off, Adams said.

Hill was charged today with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Police expect to add additional charges that he endangered workers near the scene.

Neighbors said they were close with Hill, who had lived on the street for more than 15 years.

``He’s a super guy, just super,″ said Edwin Hoover. ``Winter would come around, and you’d see him out there with a snowblower doing everybody’s driveway.″

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