Expectant father arrested for shooting three partygoers at Pennsylvania baby shower after ‘argument over gifts’
- Arnold’s Isiah J. Hampton, 25, allegedly shot a 23-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy on Saturday during a baby shower
- The shooting stemmed from an argument over whether Hampton would help transport the mother-to-be’s gifts, Lower Burrell police said.
- Hampton was furious when an unidentified woman hit him in the shower, news outlets reported, and he pushed her before three men intervened
- When he was wrestled to the ground, Hampton pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired three shots as others present tried to take it from him, police said.
- Police said they found Hampton and the mother of his unborn child, who left the scene after the shooting, within minutes of the incident.
- He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person and his bail was set at $250,000
A Pennsylvania father-to-be shot three guests at a baby shower during a “family argument” over gifts before attempting 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 carry gifts from the baby shower held Saturday night at the Kinloch Fire Hall, police said in the Pittsburgh suburb.
The unidentified woman punched Hampton in the face after he allegedly “became abusive,” police said, leading to Hampton pushing her.
Three male guests intervened and tackled Hampton to the ground before pulling out a 9mm. pistol and fired as they tried to get rid of the weapon, Lower Burrell Police Chief John Marhefka said at a news conference on Sunday.
Isiah J. Hampton of Arnold, 25, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless danger and was sent to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, Lower Burrell police said.
Police were called to the scene at 6:07 p.m. and caught Hampton leaving the Kinloch Fire Hall (pictured), where the shower was held, with the mother-to-be in tow at 6:11 p.m.
Two of the victims were deliberately shot during Saturday’s incident, police said, and the teenager was shot accidentally. One was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, police wrote in their release, and the other two were transferred to Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital.
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. The Tribune Review.
Two of the victims were shot intentionally, police said, and the teen was shot accidentally. One was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, police wrote in their release, and the other two were transferred to Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital.
None of their injuries were life-threatening.
After firing the weapon, guests were able to pull the gun from Hampton’s hands and place it out of reach on a bar at the site, police said.
Marhefka said officers were initially wary that the incident could be an “active shooting” but realized when they responded that it was “an isolated family incident at a baby shower”.
Three male guests reportedly intervened when Hampton pushed a woman he was arguing with. (pictured) said at a press conference on Sunday:
Guests poured out of the building after the chaos, where they were later interviewed by investigators
About 25 people attended the baby shower — a 19-year-old woman 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 in the incident, according to The Tribune-Review. None of their injuries were life-threatening.
Police were called to the scene at 6:07 p.m. and caught Hampton leaving the Kinloch Fire Hall, where the shower was being held, with the mother-to-be in tow at 6:11 p.m.
Hampton, of Arnold, was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless danger, police said.
He is being held in Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000, and his next court hearing is scheduled for September 28 before District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec.