Deputies with the Allegheny County Sheriff have identified the suspected gunman as 63-year-old William Bill Hardison.
Neighbors, who alleged Hardison had been illegally squatting in the home for months before the shooting, described him as violent and said he boarded up the home’s windows with large “do not disturb” signs, the outlet reported.
Neighbors also said Hardison kept them on edge, prompting many to evacuate their homes moments before he was served an eviction notice.
Hardison previously pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, fleeing police, harassment and firearms charges in the past, per the outlet.
The suspect also identifies as a sovereign citizen – an anti-government extremist.
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At approximately 11am ET on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Public Safety urged residents to avoid the area of the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street due to a shooting.
“This is an extremely active situation with shots continuing to be fired,” they wrote on Twitter/X about 20 minutes into the incident.
A reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that “hundreds of rounds” were being fired and multiple law enforcement divisions were responding to the incident.
Nearly an hour later, around 12pm ET, officers began to evacuate residents in homes nearby and guide them away from the shooting and to safety.
The shooting began after deputies from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office went to serve an eviction notice to a resident when the suspect “turned violent and began shooting,” a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office told The Independent.
He added that one sergeant suffered from “a minor non-gunfire related injury while avoiding the incoming gunfire. He is ok.”