Cousin of man killed in Clairton shootout charged; up to 6 in 'cowboy mode' may be involved
Allegheny County Police are consulting with the District Attorney's Office to determine how many people will be charged in connection with a wild shootout that left one person dead and the grandson of a Clairton city councilman hospitalized.
“It's all so unnecessary,” Councilman Richard L. Ford III said on Wednesday after visiting his grandson in the hospital. “This younger generation is in a cowboy mode. One person starts shooting, and everybody pulls out a gun.”
Terrance Moore, 34, of Clairton died of multiple gunshot wounds as a result of the gunfire shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Halcomb Avenue home of Ford's grandson, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Richard L. Ford V, 21, underwent surgery on Wednesday on a knee that was shattered by gunfire, the elder Ford said.
“The doctors believe he will be able to walk again, but they don't know if he'll ever be able to bend his knee again,” Ford said. “He's in good spirits, but he feels bad, too.”
Moore's cousin Christian Riley, 20, of Clairton is charged with aggravated assault and related crimes for the shootout.
Allegheny County Police say the incident might have involved a half-dozen young men. Investigators recovered 17 spent shell casings from the street and three handguns.
A criminal complaint states that Riley, Moore and another man were walking up the street when they began to argue with Richard Ford V, who was on his way to work; Ford's brother, Xavier Ford, 23; and a third man.
“My grandson said the guy who did all the shooting was looking for someone he thought (was there.) He said the guy got insulted and pulled out a gun,” the elder Ford said.
Information in the criminal complaint against Riley makes it appear that Moore and Richard Ford shot each other, but county police have not confirmed that. The complaint states that Richard Ford has a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
According to the complaint:
Surveillance video from a nearby establishment shows Christian Riley participating in the shooting. He later admitted tossing a handgun out of the window as he attempted to drive Moore to the hospital.
Ford told police that he drew his gun and began shooting in response to another man shooting at him.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Plum teacher’s lawyer says latest allegations don’t measure up
- Security cameras, more police planned at Monroeville Mall
- Pittsburgh man going to prison for fatally stabbing girlfriend’s son with butcher knife
- Wet weather puts Three Rivers Regatta events in jeopardy
- 80 percent of drivers found exceeding speed limit in Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park
- More witness intimidation charges are filed against Plum teacher
- South Side zoning clashes with parking: Workers hurt
- American Airlines manager arrested in Pittsburgh on sex crimes charges
- Duquesne man arrested again for Megan’s Law violations
- Pension costs burden region’s school districts
- Pittsburgh capital plans shift to repairs to police, fire, paramedic stations