Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Hunt for Man Charged with Killing Co-Worker

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Hunt for Man Charged with Killing Co-Worker

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With one employee dead and another on the run from Allegheny County Police, managers at Community Options Inc. stayed silent Monday even as others raised concerns about the residential care home in Baldwin Borough where a fatal shooting occurred.

James Hines, 21, of Clairton, was shot outside the care home at 936 Angelo Drive about noon Sunday.

Before Mr. Hines died, he named his co-worker, 33-year-old James D. King, of California-Kirkbride, as the shooter, according to court records. A witness told police the men argued just before Mr. King donned blue latex gloves and fired several shots at Mr. Hines.

County police charged Mr. King in the homicide and continued to search for him Monday, tracking down the tan Hyundai sedan he was last seen driving.

As the search went on, neighbors of the care home expressed concern about employees' behavior and fretted that more violence could occur.

The single-story brick home is owned by Community Options Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit that specializes in providing care to people who have developmental disabilities.

The nonprofit operates more than 140 residential care facilities across Pennsylvania, according to records kept by the state Department of Human Services' Office of Developmental Programs.

Eighteen of those facilities are in Allegheny County, including the home on Angelo Drive, where neighbors said three adults live full time and receive one-on-one care.

Community Options has good standing in the state: A random sampling of the organization's care homes underwent inspections this year, said Rachel Kostelac, a human services department spokeswoman. The Angelo Drive home, however, was last inspected in 2014 and did not show any violations, according to state records.

Neighbors said Monday that residents of the home are pleasant people who rarely cause trouble - but the employees who are hired to care for them seem to be unprofessional and constantly changing. …

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