Three teenagers will be charged as adults in the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Kayla Peterson, 22, died after one of the teens shot her in the stomach as she stood on her front porch on Saturday afternoon in Beaver Falls.
Todavia S. Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both 14, were charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide in the shooting death of the Beaver Falls woman who was the mother of a 23-month-old baby. Valasqiuez has been charged with criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. A third teenager, 13-year-old Kyle Goosby Jr. has been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit homicide.
Goosby is in police custody but Cleckley and Velasquez are still at-large, according to the Beaver County Times.
Though details behind why the shooting took place are not clear, The Times reports a dispute over a cigarette may have started the gunfire:
William Bailey, 28, said just after 3 p.m. he had walked to J’s News on Seventh Avenue to buy cigarettes, and as he left the store a group of three boys began to follow him and ask for a cigarette. Bailey said he ignored the boys, and they followed him the entire way to Peterson’s house.
“I didn’t look at them. I didn’t acknowledge them,” Bailey said. He said the boys yelled at him, used foul language and got progressively louder.
When Bailey arrived at the house, he said Peterson, who was his fiancé, came out and said to the group of boys, “Why don’t you guys get a job.” He said she also told them to quit running the streets.