Remember the A-Team? You know, lots of shooting and nobody ever gets hit? Well, it played out in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. Police moved to evict a guy for not paying the mortgage and taxes on an inherited property. He said, “Eh, I’m not going anywhere.” The next thing you know, shots broke out and cops turned the place into Swiss cheese.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A gunman is dead after a six-hour standoff in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood that prompted evacuations as he exchanged gunfire with police.
Police said the “active shooter” was barricaded inside a home on the 4800 block of Broad and North Mathilda streets on Wednesday. Pittsburgh Public Safety alerted the public to the shooting at around 11 a.m. Police said the suspect was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m. The man has been identified as William Hardison, sources told KDKA-TV.
A witness shed light on the events that precipitated the exchange of gunfire…
“In the beginning, all we heard was the cops,” witness Chris Wilkinson, who is visiting family in the area, said. “They were banging on the door where the shooting takes place. They were banging on it telling him they were there. And after a couple of minutes of them doing it, they started to kick down the door, but after a few tries they couldn’t do it. Then, they got a sledgehammer and took down the door, and after that shots started to be fired. I’ve been really nervous and it’s really sad what’s happening. You think you can be safe here but you can’t with what’s happening.”
So they tried to bash down his door.
That’s when the “stuff” hit the fan.
Massive police presence at active shooting scene in Garfield pic.twitter.com/IJ8VNEAHnQ
— Megan Guza (@meganguzaPG) August 23, 2023
While no cops got shot, police did manage to successfully ventilate a neighbor’s home as well. Repeatedly. While it was occupied by a homeowner who probably lost bowel and bladder control as rounds zinged through her house.
Abefore she was evacuated said her home was hit by gunfire.
“Trying to get to the basement was almost unbearable,” she said. “Shots were ringing out everywhere. Finally made it to the basement, was able to get to a secure spot. Shots were just everywhere.”
“Shots came through the window for the living room, I have holes in the bathroom, glass is shattered everywhere,” she added.
Mr. Hardison held them at bay for hours, and in the process shot down not one, not two, but three police drones. Nice shootin’, Tex.
Shots continue to be fired on Broad Street in city’s Garfield neighborhood.
— Ashley Zilka (@ashleyzilka) August 23, 2023
Why do we mention “Black Supremacist”? From 11News:
A Channel 11 News photographer discovered a video of Hardison during a prior interaction with police in 2019. In the video, you can see a Moorish flag, which is flown by Moorish sovereign citizens.
He got got by the end of the say. The FBI and other agencies brought out the snipers and they took him down.