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Clairton shooting victim is recovering

| Friday, March 29, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

Clairton Councilman Richard Ford III said he wants answers about the shooting that left one city resident dead and Ford's grandson with severe lower body injuries.

Richard Ford V, 21, of Clairton, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian with multiple gunshot wounds sustained in a shooting outside 631 Halcomb Ave. on Tuesday afternoon.

Allegheny County police said the younger Ford was in critical condition Wednesday.

Ford III said surgeries Tuesday night and Wednesday saved his grandson's leg.

“He's going to be fine,” the councilman said Thursday evening. “They said he had a possible chance of losing his leg, then they got a heartbeat in his foot. His knee was shattered into about 20 pieces.”

Allegheny County Homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said Christian Riley, 20, of Clairton, is the only man charged in the shooting as of Thursday.

Riley is scheduled to go before Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin next Tuesday at 1 p.m. on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

Schurman noted six people were identified as being involved in the incident, and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office will determine what, if any, charges the other participants will face.

Clairton police said at the time of the incident the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad, but county police have yet to confirm that.

Ford III said it was a case of mistaken identity, and his grandson is not involved in any drug activity.

“That could have happened anywhere in the world,” he said. “It was not drug related. If it is they got to show me how.”

Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Terrance Moore, 34, of Clairton, was pronounced dead on Tuesday at 7:44 p.m. at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

“That's a shame a boy had to die just because (of a misunderstanding)” Ford III said. “That boy just pulled out a gun and everybody pulled out guns.”

“Moore was in the group of men that had approached Ford,” Schurman said. “We have identified both Moore and Ford as exchanging gunfire. In the group with Moore was Christian Riley.”

Riley was attempting to drive Moore to the hospital when he was pulled over along Ravensburg Boulevard and tossed a handgun out of the car.

Police recovered the weapon and said it was reported stolen out of Pittsburgh.

Ford V has a concealed carry permit, police said.

Ford III said his grandson acted in self-defense and legally had a gun.

“These kids all have guns and they're afraid not to have one,” the councilman said. “If you feel that threatened by being without a gun, you buy yourself a good one, have it registered and learn how to shoot it. Be legal, not illegal.”

County police have not said whether Tuesday's shooting was in retaliation to another incident.

Police also continue to investigate the shooting of a man and a woman in Clairton last Friday night.

Schurman said the victims were shot after they left The Village Inn along Miller Avenue in a case of mistaken identity.

No further information about that shooting was available. No suspects were identified.

Anyone with information should contact Clairton police at 412-233-6213 or county police at 412-473-3000.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or