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Car stolen at gunpoint in Penn Hills found burning in nearby Pittsburgh neighborhood

November 12, 2015

Crews were called to a vehicle fire in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood Thursday minutes after a Jeep was stolen at gunpoint in nearby Penn Hills.

According to Pittsburgh police, officers in Zone 5 received a Shot Spotter notification in the 6400 block of Deary Street at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

As officers responded to the call for shots fired, they were informed of the fire on Saxon Way, which is behind Deary Street.

Police said the burning vehicle was the one stolen along Eastgate Drive in Penn Hills, which is just 3 miles from the fire scene.

An adult and an 11-year-old child were the victims of the carjacking. They were not hurt.

The fire spread to a detached garage. No one there was hurt.

According to police, the adult and child were driving in the Jeep late Wednesday night and came to a stop on Eastgate Drive at the entrance of Petra International Ministries when a man with a gun ran up to the vehicle and forced them out.

Authorities said the carjacker drove less than 3 miles to Deary Street in Lincoln-Lemington, where officers responded to shots fired.

“The Shots Spotter notification did indicate that a shot was fired, so we will continue to investigate that along with the vehicle fire,” Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Emily Schaffer said.

The carjacker has yet to be identified.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.