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Woman dead and a man in critical condition after shooting at Blawnox Tri-Arc warehouse

Detectives suspect that the incident was of a domestic nature.



A worker at a Blawnox manufacturing facility is being charged following a shooting incident early Tuesday morning, which resulted in the death of one employee and the injury of another.

Police and EMS responders were summoned to the vicinity of Tri-Arc Manufacturing on Fountain Street shortly before 6:30 a.m. due to numerous reports of an active shooter within the establishment.

Upon the arrival of officers from various departments at the scene, they discovered 42-year-old Sean Black from Allegheny Township inside the building and apprehended him without any resistance.

Following interviews, law enforcement learned that Black was an employee. Inside the building, officers also found two victims, a man and a woman.

The woman, later identified as 30-year-old Courtney Smith by the medical examiner, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Detectives suspect that this incident stemmed from domestic circumstances. Jeff Eller, a spokesperson for Tri-Arc, confirmed the shooting at the facility and stated that the company was cooperating with law enforcement.

Victor Joseph, the assistant superintendent for Allegheny County police, stated, “There were numerous employees present; I can’t give you an exact count, but the facility is large, and it was fully staffed at the time.”

He further remarked, “Officers are trained for situations like these every day, and based on all reports, these officers relied on their training.

They responded swiftly to the gunfire without hesitation. Initially, only two officers were present.

Upon learning about the active gunfire inside the building, they promptly proceeded towards it and successfully apprehended the individual.” County police confirmed that no officers discharged their firearms during the incident.

“We are fortunate there weren’t more injuries or fatalities,” Joseph remarked. Nearby streets were temporarily closed off as Blawnox residents and law enforcement absorbed the events.

“It’s typically a tranquil neighborhood. I often refer to it as the heart of quaint houses,” shared Blawnox resident Jim Ellrod.

“It’s highly unusual, especially for any area in Pittsburgh. This is certainly uncommon for our community,” noted Blawnox Police Chief Patrick Goodman.

“Our officers handled the situation adeptly. Moving forward, we will ensure that everyone is unharmed and not negatively impacted by this incident.”

County police have emphasized that the area is secure and there is no danger to the public.

Black faces charges including homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person.