Police believe drug overdoses led to three deaths and four hospitalizations early Sunday at a South Side Flats apartment building.
“We do believe this is drug related. We do believe that they were overdoses,” said Pittsburgh police narcotics Cmdr. Jason Lando.
Police initially called the event a medical situation after five victims were found in an apartment at the South Side Works City Apartments, one was found in the elevator and another on a nearby street – all wearing orange wristbands.
“We do not belive this particular incident is going to be widespread,” Lando said. “So we are not in a situation where we expect people to be found in an overdosed state all over the city.”
The incident began about 2 a.m. when 911 received a call for an unresponsive man inside the apartment building, according to Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.
A short time later, another man was found semi-conscious near 26th and East Carson streets. He was traced back to the same apartment, where police found five more victims.
“My guess is they were trying to make their way back to this location,” Hissrich said of the man found on the street.
3 dead, 4 hospitalized as police investigate medical situation in Pittsburgh
The four living victims’ conditions range from serious to critical, Hissrich said. One was found in the elevator of the apartment building.
BREAKING: 3 dead, 4 hospitalized after drug overdose in South Side
Narcotics/Vice Cmdr. Jason Lando says this appears to be an isolated drug-related incident and the three dead/four hospitalized overdosed. This isnt related to anything that happened/was served/etc at any specific venue. Again: isolated. pic.twitter.com/RTTPn6skU1
Public safety spokesman Chris Togneri said all of the deceased are male, and one was 33. Ages were not available for the others.
Anyone who attended or has knowledge of a party or event in which guests were given orange wrist bands, please call police at 412-323-7141.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .
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3 dead, 4 hospitalized in Pittsburgh, officials say. All the victims wore orange wristbands.
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3 Dead, 4 Injured in Pittsburgh After Medical Situation; Victims Wearing Orange Bands
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Police: Medical situation kills 3, sickens 4 in Pittsburgh
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Three people have died and four others were hospitalized in serious to critical condition in Pittsburgh after police responded to a “medical situation” early Sunday.
Pittsburgh police probe wristband-wearer deaths
Five victims were found in an apartment on the city’s South Side, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said. One was found in an elevator outside the apartment and another was discovered on a street corner at 26th and Carson.
There were no initial signs of drug paraphernalia or needles on the victims, who were all male, police told WPXI-TV. The investigation so far indicates that whatever happened to the victims occurred at another site and not at the locations they were found, the station reported.
None of the victims lived in the building, a public relations firm representing the building told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a statement.
3 dead, 4 hospitalized after drug overdoses in Pittsburghs trendy South Side Flats. All were wearing orange wristbands
“It is important to note that the individuals that were involved in the incident were not residents of our community,” the statement said. “These were acquaintances of a good standing resident, who apparently was not in the apartment at the time the individuals were found. It is our understanding that the group had attended an outside event where they may have consumed a toxic substance before returning to the apartment.”
Building spokesman Mark Winters told the paper it was unclear how the men were able to enter the building and apartment when the resident wasn't there.
Anyone who attended or knows of a party or event in which guests were given orange wristbands have been asked to call police at (412) 323-7141.