Man in Clairton street shootout later dies; councilman's grandson wounded
The grandson of a Clairton councilman was wounded and another man killed on Tuesday, when a street argument degenerated into a shootout that may have involved a half-dozen people in the Mon Valley community.
Richard L. Ford V, 21, grandson of councilman and mayoral candidate Richard L. Ford III, was wounded in the shooting, which erupted about 2 p.m. in front of the younger Ford's home on Halcomb Avenue, police said. He was being treated at a Pittsburgh hospital for a hip wound, his grandfather said.
Terrance Moore, 34, of Clairton, who was shot in the chest, died at 7:44 p.m. in Allegheny General Hospital, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
“We don't need anything like this happening in our city,” Ford said as he hurried to the hospital to pray with his grandson.
As many as six men were arguing in the street when someone began shooting, said James Morton, Assistant Allegheny County Police superintendent. “It looks like they all had guns,” he said.
“I heard them arguing outside,” said Collie Radlien, who was painting an apartment near the Ford home. “The way they were arguing, you knew shots were going to follow.”
“As soon as they started shooting, I dropped my brush and went into the closet. I tried to stay low,” Radlien said. “There were a lot of shots — 15 or more.”
Moore's cousin, Christian Riley, 20, who lives down the street from Ford, was charged with aggravated assault and related crimes.
According to the criminal complaint:
Riley told police there was an argument between some of the men because of a prior shooting. After the latest shooting began, he said he saw Moore slumped over in the driver's seat of a car. Riley, who was seen participating in the shooting, was attempting to drive Moore to the hospital when he was pulled over on Ravensburg Boulevard after tossing a handgun out of the car.
Ford, who has not been charged and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, admitted that after he was shot in the knee, he returned fire, hitting one man who got into the car. Ford said two other men also fired at him, wounding him in the hip.
Staff writer Michael DiVittorio contributed to this report.
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