A man known to frequent the areas of Wilkinsburg, Braddock, and Duquesne is wanted in connection with the shooting of four people during a New Year's Eve party in McKeesport.
According to Allegheny County police, the shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Julian Sims. A warrant has been obtained for Sims, charging him with one count of criminal attempt homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of recklessly endangering other persons, and firearms violations. Sims has a previously existing warrant for firearms violations.
Sims is a light skinned black male, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches; and about 145 pounds. He has freckles and a large tattoo on the left side of his neck that says “Bridgette”. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
The shooting happened at approximately 3:12 a.m., according to county police. McKeesport police responded to 1506 Versailles Ave. for a shooting with multiple victims. Upon securing the scene they requested the investigative assistance of the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit.
The investigation revealed that there had been a New Year’s Eve Party at that residence. There were three African American males at the party that were not known by the residents. As the party died down, the homeowner asked the three uninvited males to leave his home.
A brief altercation ensued and one of the unknown males pulled a firearm and began shooting. Four people were shot—three adult males and an adult female. Three of the individuals were shot in the lower extremities and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The fourth was shot in the abdomen and is in critical but stable condition.
Anyone with information pertaining to Sims' whereabouts is asked to contact the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at 412-473-3000.