Expectant father opens fire on baby shower guests after fight over gifts, police say

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Source: Westmorland County jail; MEGA

Sep. 21 2021, Published 9:24 a.m. ET

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A baby shower and an argument over presents resulted in a hail of bullets in Pennsylvania over the weekend.

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On Sept. 18 shortly after 6 p.m., the Lower Burrell Police Department received reports about an active shooter at the Kinloch Fire Department and raced to the scene.

When police arrived, officers took the suspect, 25-year-old Isiah J. Hampton of Arnold, Pennsyvlania, into custody near the firehall.

Police noted the incident “was not an active shooter situation but rather an isolated family incident during a baby shower” attended by around 25 guests.

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According to authorities, a preliminary investigation allegedly revealed the shooting was sparked at the celebration for Hampton’s unborn baby when a fight between him and a woman over whether or not he should transport the gifts escalated, the Tribune-Review reported, citing a criminal complaint.

During the spat, Hampton allegedly became abusive and the woman slapped him across the face, the complaint states.

Hampton allegedly shoved the woman to the ground. When three men attempted to intervene in the scuffle, “the suspect introduced a 9mm semi-automatic handgun,” police said, “firing off rounds which resulted in a 23-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, and a 16-year-old male sustaining gunshot wounds.”

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The complaint states the man was struck in the torso and the teenager in his buttocks. The woman, who was not involved in the fight and hit unintentionally, according to cops, was grazed in the leg by a bullet.

The shooting victims’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Hampton faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of recklessly endangering another person. He was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bond.

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