Jury hands down split verdict in Downtown Pittsburgh shooting outside Capital Grille

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An Allegheny County jury this afternoon delivered a split verdict in the shooting earlier this year outside the Capital Grille in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The jury found Antonio Peterson, 25, and his 23-year-old brother, Hassan Howze, not guilty of attempted murder in the incident on Fifth Avenue just before 4 p.m. on April 5.

But after deliberating Thursday afternoon and this morning, the panel of eight women and four men also found both men guilty of recklessly endangering another person.

Surveillance video of shooting outside Capital Grille

This surveillance video shows a scuffle that led to a shooting last April outside the Capital Grille, Downtown. Two men were arrested and charged with attempted homicide, among other charges. (12/6/2013)

Mr. Howze was additionally found guilty of aggravated assault and Mr. Peterson was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm.

Both defendants testified in their own defense Thursday and said what happened that afternoon started out as a fistfight.

Mr. Peterson said that when he saw Jamel Terry walking down the street, he felt rage. Mr. Peterson claimed Mr. Terry attacked him several weeks earlier and broke his jaw.

Based on surveillance video that captured most of the incident, it did start out as a fight. According to the prosecution, when Mr. Peterson started to lose the fight, his brother pulled a gun he was legally licensed to carry and first tried to pistol-whip Mr. Terry.

There was a tussle over the weapon, and police said Mr. Howze fired at Mr. Terry.

Mr. Terry suffered a grazing bullet wound to his back and Mr. Howze was shot in the groin.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III will sentence the men at a later date.


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2620. Twitter: @PaulaReedWard.

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