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'Senseless killing' of store owner grips Sheraden neighborhood

Monday, May 19, 2014, 11:03 p.m.
 

Businessman Darryl Terry had big dreams for his small shop in Sheraden.

He worked a year to open Allendale Market this month and was selling newspapers, soft drinks, cigarettes and other items on a cash-only basis for the time being.

Neighbor Jim Rak heard a gunshot while watching TV on Sunday night and stepped outside to see Terry running from the store. Someone gunned him down, killing him, and then shot an apparent witness who called 911, police said. Officers found her in a car; she remained hospitalized in critical condition on Monday.

Police were searching for the gunman.

“It was definitely a senseless killing,” said Rak, 51. “This guy tries to do something good for the neighborhood. He didn't deserve to get shot to death.”

Investigators suspect a robbery led to the killing and attack on the witness.

“The brutality of that is not acceptable,” Zone 6 Cmdr. Scott Schubert said.

A bouquet of flowers and a handwritten note to “Mr. Darryl” sat outside the door of the market, closed by police order despite its flashing “Open” sign. The owner of the building, Eric Lee, said he doesn't know what he will do with the property. He said Terry seemed serious about his business and had a security system.

“You could have $2 and somebody would treat it like it's $200 because they only got $1,” Lee said. “I'm still in shock.”

Acting police Chief Regina McDonald said a man who went to Allegheny General Hospital about 9 p.m. Sunday told police he was shot in the hand during an attempted robbery on Jeffers Street, not far from where the woman was found in her car. It's unclear whether that shooting is connected to the others.

Police will add a two-officer car dedicated to patrolling Sheraden, and increase patrols in other West End communities.

“To have three shootings in one day is not something we typically see here,” Schubert said.

The violence punctuated the quiet in a part of Sheraden that only recently “started going bad,” Rak said. “It's gotten terrible in the past two years. ... It seems like you open up a store around here, people think you have money, and they want to rob you.”

Schubert attributed the violence to a long-running dispute between a group from Crafton Heights and a group with connections to Sheraden, Chartiers City and Windgap. This year, three people were killed and five others shot in the West End neighborhoods that make up Zone 6 — up from two people killed and three shot during the same period last year, Schubert said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Terry died of wounds to the head and trunk.

Terry has owned stores and trucks that sell merchandise for about 30 years, said his brother, Antonio Terry, 44, of the North Side.

“What this person did — to shoot my brother and stand over top of him and shoot four or five more times, it's senseless,” Terry said.

Darryl Terry was a father of five, his brother said. His son, Andre Umphrey, lost his mother, Andrea, to gun violence.

Alvin Starks is serving a life sentence for abducting ex-girlfriend Umphrey, 35, from inside a Sheraden church and killing her at the end of a police chase in Monroeville in 2004.

“It's tough right now,” Antonio Terry said. “... I never thought something like this would happen to one of my brothers or sisters.”

Margaret Harding is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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