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Cousin of man killed in Clairton shootout charged; up to 6 in 'cowboy mode' may be involved

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:51 p.m.
 

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 mhasch@tribweb.com.

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