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Teenager killed, another injured in shooting at Pittsburgh-area 'haunted' hayride

Police said an argument preceded gunfire at the Haunted Hills Hayride in North Versailles on Saturday night.

A 15-year-old boy was killed and another injured in a shooting Saturday night at the season opening of a 'haunted' hayride event in the Pittsburgh area, police said.

The surviving victim was hospitalized in critical condition, Allegheny County Police Lt. Vernando Costa said at a news conference. The other teenager was declared dead at a hospital, he said.

An argument in a group of teenagers preceded three or four gunshots at Haunted Hills Hayride in the North Versailles township, Costa said.

Police were looking for a teenage shooter, roughly 15 to 17, who fled, he said.

"When a 15-year-old gets shot at a hayride, I think it's a terrible shame," Costa said. "You come to an area where you’re going have fun. Anybody could have been hurt."

People appeared to have evacuated from the venue, which included a hayride, a "haunted walking trail" and private campfire areas. Organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the Haunted Hills Hayride website, Saturday was the first night of the season.

Costa said the shooting occurred near a boarding area for rides.

He described the moments following the 8:15 p.m. shooting as "chaotic."