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Gunshot victim remains in hospital as police officials assess weekend

by on March 27, 2017 11:00 AM
Indiana, PA

At least one victim remains in the hospital after two unrelated shootings early Saturday morning in Indiana.

Borough police said Samantha Riley, 20, of Indiana, was wounded in the torso when Matthew T. McNevin, 20, of Indiana, fired a pistol at Carlos E. Recalde-Campos, 21, of Indiana, after the two men had a dispute at about 1:39 a.m. at 1128 Oakland Ave.

Recalde-Campos was also shot in the torso and later succumbed to his injuries at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Riley was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Her family posted publicly on Facebook Sunday night saying she was in the intensive-care unit after multiple surgeries but was awake.

A friend started a GoFundMe page to help the family with medical expenses.

Two men were also injured in an unrelated shooting at 12th and Philadelphia streets at 12:53 a.m. Saturday.

Police said Julian Cole, of Pittsburgh, was shot in the forearm accidentally by his cousin, Thomas M. Stanko, 21, of Fort Campbell, Ky., during a confrontation with three other men, one of whom was shot in the thigh and foot, police said. The second victim wasn’t identified. Cole’s condition couldn’t be verified.

Both suspects are in custody.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said none of those involved were currently enrolled at IUP.

The shootings happened on an unusually busy weekend for police and first responders during the unsanctioned party holiday known as IUPatty’s.

On Sunday, scores of students were out picking up garbage in Indiana after the parties.

Fryling said 500 students from Greek organizations, student government and ROTC took to the streets in a cleanup effort.

She said more complete law enforcement stats would be available today as departments need time to process the paperwork from the weekend.

She said the Indiana Area Collaborative Team “will continue to work to bring together the community and university to continue to address the spring celebratory weekend and other high traffic celebratory events.”

Borough police said this morning they will have stats over the next couple of days.


Sean Yoder is a staff writer at The Indiana Gazette. He covers Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clymer Borough, and the Penns Manor and Purchase Line area school districts. He graduated from IUP with a degree in journalism and from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in video production.
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