Allegheny County police name suspect in shooting outside McKeesport bar


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Allegheny County police said today that they have identified a suspect in a shooting that left one person critically wounded outside a McKeesport bar early Thursday.

Police are searching for Clarence Moore, 22, of Braddock, who faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and various gun violations. Another man, 20-year-old Jordan Hardy of McKees Rocks, has been charged with receiving stolen property and a gun violation.

McKeesport police were patrolling about 1:30 a.m. Thursday when they heard several gunshots and traced them to the area outside Bubba's Too Bar & Grille in the 300 block of Ringold Avenue.

When they arrived, they found 23-year-old Philip Gentry on the ground with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Allegheny County homicide Sgt. Scott Scherer said in a news release.

A crowd had gathered, police said. Detectives later determined that Mr. Hardy punched Mr. Gentry and knocked him to the ground, at which point Mr. Moore pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Gentry, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police said Mr. Gentry's girlfriend had dated one of the men involved in the incident.

As officers made their way to the crime scene, one of them spotted a car leaving the area and followed it to the parking lot of McKeesport Towers, where Mr. Moore got out and ran into nearby woods, police said.

The sergeant said police took two other people inside the car into custody. One of them, was Mr. Hardy.

County police asked anyone with information about Mr. Moore's whereabouts to call them at 412-473-3000.

Police said he often associates with people in Braddock and McKeesport.

 


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil.

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