- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 10, 2020

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge in connection with a fight and shots fired at a western Pennsylvania mall last year.

Brandon Noel, 23, of McKeesport entered the plea Tuesday in Allegheny County Court as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to withdraw other charges including attempted murder.

Prosecutors said the plea deal doesn’t include any agreement on sentencing, which is scheduled Jan. 28.

Authorities said two groups of males began fighting at the Monroeville Mall in April 2019, and the brawl spilled outside. They allege that Noel pulled a gun and about 14 shots were fired, but no injuries were reported.

The mall, about 17 miles (27.36 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh was placed on lockdown and later evacuated. Bullet holes were found in a Macy’s department store entrance door and shell casings were outside.

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