Police arrest man charged in shooting of youth football coach at Mellon Park

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By Steve Pope | October 1, 2018

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested the man charged in the Sept. 29 shooting of a youth football coach during a practice session at Mellon Park.

Anthony Hines, Jr., 33, of Pittsburgh, was arrested Sunday afternoon in Monroeville, police said. He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and several weapons-related charges.

Pittsburgh Police allege in a criminal complaint that Hines fired at least four shots at his nephew’s youth football coach in front of approximately 13 children who are between 8 to 10 years old during a practice session.

Witnesses told police that Hines and the coach have had a contentious relationship in the past, but on the day of the shooting the two were seen speaking with each other in a friendly manner. One witness who identified Hines by his nickname ‘Tone’ said Hines has had issues with the way the team was coached and “had caused problems in the past by harassing and starting trouble at their practice games.”

Another witness said that shortly before the shooting “He/she thought that ‘Tone’ and [the coach] were getting along and that ‘Tone’ was not going to cause any more trouble as he had done in the past,” the complaint said.

Moments later, police say Hines is seen chasing after the victim and firing shots at him. After the second or third shot the victim fell to the ground and began “rolling around on the ground attempting to avoid being hit by the gunfire,” the complaint alleges.

A witness, who was sitting under a park shelter, said they saw Hines chasing and attempting to shoot the coach and then “jog slowly down a sidewalk” holding what appeared to be a handgun next to his thigh. Hines was then seen entering a vehicle and driving off, which was later found by police.

Police recovered four shell casings near the bleachers as well as a Miami Heat baseball cap that Hines was allegedly wearing at the time of the shooting.

Hines is currently in the Allegheny County Jail after being denied bail and faces an Oct. 10 preliminary hearing.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

 

 

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