PITTSBURGH (AP) – Police were searching for two suspects who ambushed and fatally shot a 15-year-old boy who was a key witness in the shooting of his pregnant 15-year-old friend.
Allegheny County homicide detectives identified the victim of Wednesday’s shooting as Leroy Powell, of Duquesne.
Powell initially told police he saw another 15-year-old Duquesne boy, Eric Taylor, carrying a gun moments before Powell’s friend – DaRae Delgado – was shot on May 26. Delgado was seven months pregnant and survived, but her unborn child did not.
At a preliminary hearing last month, Powell changed his story and testified he didn’t see Taylor with a gun. Taylor was still ordered to stand trial as an adult in the Delgado shooting, based on other evidence.
Police were attempting to determine if Powell was shot for being a witness in the Taylor case.