Former Ford City Resident Allegedly Shot in New Kensington

Ford City Police are investigating the shooting of a Clarion County teen that allegedly took place Sunday afternoon. That teen is now in a regional hospital.

By Jonathan Weaver

Ford City Police officers are investigating a possible shooting that took place Sunday afternoon to a former local resident.

18-year-old Zach Piper – who now lives in East Brady with his mother – called for help about 2PM from a home along Seventh Avenue in the borough after allegedly being shot in the right shoulder, according to Ford City Police Sgt. John Atherton.

He was flown from the residence – which is owned by his sister’s boyfriend – to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. A hospital official said Monday Piper is in fair condition.

Neither the sister nor the boyfriend was at the Ford City residence Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Atherton said police have heard various accounts of what happened so far – including that Piper was shot and transported from New Kensington – but will continue their investigation with neighboring officials.

Neither Westmoreland County 9-1-1 dispatchers nor New Kensington Police officers received calls regarding the alleged shooting.

However, in Ford City Borough…

“What the neighbors heard about the time was gunshots,” Sgt. Atherton said.

Sgt. Atherton said six police agencies searched the area to piece together the puzzle Sunday evening. Blood droppings were found outside the home and have been submitted into evidence.

No suspects have been named yet. The investigation is ongoing.