MAYFAIR (WTXF/AP) - The teen shot to death on the street in Mayfair has been identified as Ian Wilsey, 14, and police say they're still looking for two men they say were behind the shooting. News of Ian's murder is hitting hard for one of his good friends.
"I didn't believe it. I kept thinking it was fake," said Frank Myer's, the victim's friend.
14-year-old Myers is still in shock over the murder of his friend and classmate. A GoFundMe page has been started for the ninth grader to cover his funeral expenses after Wilsey was shot and killed last night. Myers learned the awful news at school this morning.
"I felt terrified. I thought I was about to cry in school, but I kept the pain inside," Myers said.
Myers said the two attended Northeast High School together and have been good friends since the sixth grade.
"When I heard he got shot, I'm like, 'Ian?' He's not even the type of guy to get shot," said Myers. "He just likes playing football. That is his thing."
The shooting happened on the 620 block of Brous Avenue near Devereaux at about 9pm Monday, on a school night.
Neighbors watching the Eagles game heard the shots.
Wilsey was hit three times in his chest and taken to the hospital, where he died soon after.
He was hit three times point blank, and no known stray bullets hit anything else.
A friend of about the same age who was with him did not talk to police after the tragedy.
However, Police Commissioner Richard Ross told FOX 29’s Steve Keeley he heard from homicide detectives the 16-year-old friend said they were headed to a store when two men just walked up to them and crouched and shot.
The two were not robbed, but the commissioner told Keeley it appears to be an attempted robbery.
He also mentioned the number of both intentional and accidental shootings of children has gone up this year, along with more than 700 guns stolen so far this year. That’s well over last year’s total.
Witnesses told police two men ran from the scene and into a silver car heading north.
Their only descriptions are that one was wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt, and the other had a small cap like beanie.
Neighbors say their area is well-kept, nice and quiet, so they’re shocked. Many also have surveillance cameras, so police are hoping video may help them catch the killers.