As police arrested one suspect and sought another in the shooting death Monday of a 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl, authorities announced an intensified effort to combat a sharp upswing in gang violence, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said local, state, and federal officials will use whatever is necessary to break up gangs and the accompanying violence that resulted in two shooting deaths this week. Gang retaliation seems to have been the motive in the killing Tuesday night of a 15-year-old boy in a car in a fast-food restaurant drive-through lane.
“The community has said enough is enough,” said Police Chief Nate Harper. “Witnesses came forward which is why we’re making arrests quickly. “Without the public’s help we’d still be doing interviews.” Drugs are fueling the violence, Harper said, noting that since the beginning of the year police had confiscated 700 bags of heroin in one police zone. By contrast, other zones each had, at most, confiscated 100 bags.