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Testimony: Victim surprised when nephew shot him in Rostraver

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Adonta Rainey told a Westmoreland County jury Wednesday that he didn't expect to get shot earlier this year when he followed his nephew to a secluded area of Rostraver Township.

Rainey said he thought he and Keyonta McIntyre, 19, were going to talk or fight when their two cars came to a stop outside Rostraver Apartments on May 31.

During the first day of McIntyre's attempted murder trial, Rainey, 24, told jurors that his nephew walked toward him, pulled a black gun and fired twice, hitting him once in the chest.

“At first I couldn't believe it. I looked down and saw a hole in my chest,” Rainey testified.

Police contend McIntyre, who is charged with aggravated assault and a firearms offense, lured his uncle from a Monessen gas station, where he had just purchased two packs of cigarettes, to an ambush.

McIntyre and Rainey never spoke, but Rainey testified he was waved on by his nephew, indicating for his uncle to follow him down the road.

After he was shot, Rainey drove back to the gas station, where two women called for help.

Rainey told jurors he was hospitalized for several days after the shooting. He said he still suffers pain from his wound.

Rainey testified he and McIntyre were at one time close and previously had lived together. The relationship fell apart when McIntyre began dating the mother of Rainey's baby, he told jurors.

Public Defender Jack Manderino told jurors in an opening statement that McIntyre acted in self-defense.

“Rainey's credibility will certainly be in question,” Manderino said.

“Because of the tension between Rainey and his nephew, he knew there could be some trouble, but he continued to follow him?” Manderino asked rhetorically.

The trial will continue this morning as Assistant District Attorney Jackie Knupp resumes presenting evidence before Judge John Blahovec.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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