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April 12, 2014

Police seek 2 in ongoing gunfights

SHARON, FARRELL — Police are looking for two men involved in a Wednesday afternoon gunfight they think is related to an attack last week in the same general area of Sharon’s border with Farrell.

No one was hurt but bullets fired by the shooters hit buildings in the Malleable Heights apartments owned by Mercer County Housing Authority, said Sharon police Chief Mike Menster.

The two shot at each other just before 3 p.m. on Quinby Street Extension, an alley between Malleable and Quinby streets. Investigators think about seven shots were fired in the exchange involving a 9 mm pistol and an AK 47-style assault rifle, Menster said.

One of the rounds from the pistol struck an unoccupied apartment.

“A second round went into an occupied apartment where there were several adults and children,” Menster said. “Nobody was hit, thankfully.”

A bullet from the four or five rounds fired by the shooter with the rifle went through the window of the apartment complex’s resource center. There were people inside but no one was hit, he said.

“We believe that after they exchanged shots at each other they ran in different directions, south toward Farrell,” Menster said. “The alley is about a block from the Farrell line.”

In the incident at about 7:30 p.m. April 1, two men waiting outside George Street Market pulled out handguns and fired at two others when they got out of a car parked near 495 George St. No one was injured in that shooting.

Police charged Khiry L. Whiteside, 23, of Farrell, and Leonard Figgins, 24, of Wheatland, with attempted homicide and other charges. Police dropped all charges against Whiteside because of problems with the identification made from security video.

Figgins was arrested without incident Friday afternoon in Tomah, Wis., by agents with the U.S. Marshals Service through its Violent Criminal Apprehension Task Force.

He was known to have relatives in other places and police asked the federal agency for help in locating him.

Prosecutors will ask for Figgins to be extradited from Monroe County, in central Wisconsin, back to Mercer County, Menster said.

He wouldn’t say if either Whiteside or one of the targets in last week’s incident may have been involved in Wednesday’s shooting.

“We can’t say that yet,” Menster said. “We are treating them as related.”

As for any witnesses in the most recent shooting, “they are not providing any information, at least at this point,” he said.

Menster urged residents of the neighborhood to call police with any details they might have.

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