Penn Hills, PA, January 18, 2021 – Penn Hills Mayor Pauline Calabrese gives reassurance to the community in the wake of incidents of gun violence that have occurred since the start of the year.
There have been incidents involving firearms, which have occurred within Penn Hills since the start of 2021, including a fatal one this past weekend. Mayor Calabrese explains that, “Gun violence is a national problem that we are, unfortunately, not immune to. Every city in America, including the City of Pittsburgh and Penn Hills, which is the largest municipality outside of Pittsburgh, is falling victim to this senseless violence. We are doing everything we can, as municipal leaders, to keep Penn Hills safe.”
Mayor Calabrese said she has spoken with the Chief of Police and community leaders, all of whom are working together to keep Penn Hills safe. She noted that, “Penn Hills has close to thirty neighborhoods. These unrelated and sporadic incidents do not define who we are as a community, nor are they a reflection of our neighborhoods, community values and the quality of life here. In fact, statistics show that many of the actors involved are not even Penn Hills residents.”
All of the incidents are under active investigation by Allegheny County. Penn Hills officials are also working with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to determine if other courses of action can be taken, as well. Penn Hills encourages residents with information about any of the incidents to contact 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
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