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Pittsburgh shooting: Police identify gunman as local resident

The gunman who opened fire in the lobby of a Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic on Thursday, killing a therapist and wounding seven other people, was identified as a local man named John F. Shick, police said Friday.

Schick, 31, was from the Shadyside-Oakland neighborhood near the scene of the shooting, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in an email. Officials had said earlier they were having trouble identifying him.

There was no immediate indication of a motive for the attack. Police said it was too soon for them to know if Schick had a history of crime or mental illness.

Police told reporters that Shick was armed with two handguns, at least one of which was reportedly stolen in Texas.


Schick entered the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday and began shooting, police said. He died after an exchange of gunfire with campus police, officials said Friday, confirming what authorities had indicated on Thursday.

Seven people were wounded by gunfire in the attack.

Five remained hospitalized on Friday, but all are expected to recover, officials said.



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