Recent violence worries students

Frequent incidents stir Downtown Pittsburgh

Written By Sarah Gibson, Co-Opinions Editor

A string of violent incidents in the Downtown Pittsburgh area have left some students concerned for their safety.

The first incident occurred on Aug. 8, when two women in Downtown Pittsburgh were stabbed, one fatally. A police officer was investigating a woman sleeping under a bus shelter when a man walked up to the woman talking to the officer and stabbed her in what seemed to be a random act of violence. He then turned around and did the same to another woman. This incident was located near Smithfield Street and Sixth Avenue. The area is close in proximity to the Burlington Coat Factory and the entrance to the Duquesne Club.

The next act of violence occurred on Aug. 13, at 11 p.m., at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Wood Street, where a man was stabbed following an argument. After that, the victim tried to run and was chased by his assailant into Market Square where he was able to get help.

On Friday, Aug. 23, Downtown Pittsburgh saw its third stabbing this month when a woman was stabbed at Triangle Park across from the Fairmont Hotel involving a dispute over money.

United Student Government (USG) President Jake Berlin was particularly troubled over this incident, noting on Twitter that the incident occured in a place that was less than ten minutes away from the Wyndham Hotel, where Point Park freshmen were celebrating convocation on the very same day.

Many students have reported not receiving a PointALERT for any of these situations. This comes right after the unveiling of the new PointALERT system enabled this semester, where students have to opt in or out of receiving the alerts via PointWeb.

It is unclear as to whether or not Point Park Police were dispatched to the scenes of these incidents. The police blotter made available online so students can see when the Point Park Police have been dispatched has not been updated since October of last year. The police blotter can be found on Point Park’s website.