A 46-year-old York man who was shot multiple times during an attempted robbery while allegedly smoking marijuana in downtown Pittsburgh has been upgraded from critical to stable condition at the city's UPMC Mercy Hospital.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Robbery Squad is investigating the shooting, which occurred Tuesday night near the intersection of Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Seventh Street.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the condition of the man, whose name is not being released, was stable as of Thursday morning.

Police were dispatched around 8 p.m. for a report of multiple shots fired, and responding officers were told two people had been shot and were running south, according to police.

They found both victims, the Yorker and a 32-year-old Pittsburgh woman, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street. The man had been shot in the mid-section multiple times and the woman was shot multiple times in the stomach. She was transported to Allegheny General Hospital, where she was in stable condition Thursday, Richard said.

According to police, the York man and the woman were smoking marijuana when they were confronted by a man who pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and attempted to rob them of personal belongings. They were shot, then ran into town for help.

Police found ballistic evidence and narcotics paraphernalia at the site, but couldn't find the shooter during a search.


- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.