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Police have charged an Allegheny County man in connection with a double shooting Nov. 27 at a public housing complex in Sharon.

James Edward Knox, 20, of Braddock was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault for the shooting that happened at 1:54 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Pine Hollow Village apartments in the 300 block of Connelly Boulevard.

Knox was taken into custody Saturday by Pittsburgh police, said Sharon police Chief Edward H. Stabile.

In an interview with police, Knox admitted his involvement in the shooting. 

Stabile said police have reason to believe that the Nov. 27 incident is related to a shooting the previous day in the 200 block of Mesabi Street. During the interview, Knox told detectives that he knows the family of the victim from the Mesabi Street shooting, and that he had visited the victim in a Pittsburgh hospital.

The victim of the Nov. 26 shooting was released from the hospital the following day. The two people wounded in the Nov. 27 shooting were still in hospitals as of Monday, police said.

In the Nov. 27 incident, Sharon police responded at 1:54 p.m. to a report that two people had been shot at Pine Hollow Village, according to a criminal complaint.

Upon arrival, police said they found two Boardman, Ohio, men, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The two men were lying next to each other in the apartment complex’s parking lot near a brown SUV with its front doors open.

One of the men told police they were robbed, and described the assailant’s vehicle. The men were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.

In the parking lot area, police said they found spent shell casings and a bullet slug near the SUV, which had five bullet holes in it. Witnesses and the victims said two people entered and left the parking lot in a gray Dodge Charger with Ohio license plates.

Pittsburgh police notified Sharon police on Saturday that they found Knox, who was driving the Dodge Charger, and took him into custody.

During an interview with Sharon detectives, Knox admitted to having a co-conspirator, but would not name him. 

Knox told police that he and the co-conspirator went to Sharon in the Dodge Charger. Knox said he heard gunshots and fired two to three shots into the SUV before they drove away.

Stabile said police are reviewing a possible connection with the Nov. 26 shooting, which left one man injured and resulted in lockdowns at C.M. Musser Elementary School in Sharon and the emergency room of UPMC Horizon Shenango Valley hospital in Farrell.

Knox is being held in Mercer County Jail after failing to post a $1 million bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 12 in front of District Judge Dennis M. Songer.

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