Man charged in Dec. 14 shooting in Pittsburgh mall lot

January 26, 2022 GMT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has been charged with aggravated assault and other crimes in a shooting in a Pittsburgh mall parking lot last month.

John Hayden, 21, is also charged with child endangerment, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses in the Dec. 14 gunfire at The Waterworks mall near the borough of Aspinwall.

Authorities allege that Hayden and a woman were at a customer service desk inside the Walmart store in the mall when he got into an argument with several other people. Authorities allege that the defendant and his companion got into their vehicle and stopped near the front of the store where the group had gathered, and shots rang out.

No one was injured, which Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich called “a miracle.” A vehicle was damaged and the store was evacuated but later reopened.

Court documents don’t list a defense attorney and a listed number for Hayden couldn’t be found Wednesday.