PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – City leaders, community leaders and Pittsburgh police officers came together Tuesday morning for an impromptu press conference to denounce the recent gun violence across the area.

“We cannot become numb, we cannot accept this as our new reality,” said Tim Stevens, CEO of The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP). “Life is valuable and you cannot take a life over drugs or tennis shoes or stupid stuff.”


Esther Bush, the CEO of The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, said she watched the reports of this weekend’s violence with tears streaming down her face.

“Our society is changing and you and I have to find a way to be a part of the solution, not to read not to listen to the news and shake our heads and ask, ‘What is our world coming to?’ What are you allowing our world coming to?” said Bush.