A Pennsylvania father-to-be shot three guests at a baby shower during a ‘family argument’ over gifts before trying to leave with the mother of his unborn child, police said.
Isiah J. Hampton, 25, got into an argument with a woman who wanted him to transport gifts from the baby shower held at the Kinloch Fire Hall on Saturday night, police in the Pittsburgh suburb said.
The unidentified woman slapped Hampton across the face after he allegedly ‘became abusive,’ police said, which resulted in Hampton shoving her.
Three male guests intervened and tackled Hampton to the ground before he whipped out a 9-mm. handgun and fired as they tried to wrest the weapon away, Lower Burrell Police Chief John Marhefka said at a Sunday press conference.
A 19-year-old woman – not the one he was arguing with – was shot in the leg, a 23-year-old man was shot in the torso and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks, according to The Tribune-Review.
Two of the victims were fired upon intentionally, police said, and the teen was shot inadvertently. One was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, police wrote in their release, and the other two were taken Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital.
None of their injuries were life-threatening.
After firing the weapon, guests were able to tear the gun from Hampton’s hands and place it out of arm’s reach on a bar at the venue, police said.
Marhefka said that officers were initially wary that the incident could be an ‘active shooter event’ but realized upon responding that it was ‘an isolated family incident during a baby shower.’
Police were called to the scene at 6.07 pm and caught Hampton leaving the Kinloch Fire Hall, where the shower was held, with the expectant mother in tow at 6.11 pm.
Hampton, of Arnold, was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment, police said.
He is being held at Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000, and his next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 28 before District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec.
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