Police identify suspect in McKeesport shooting


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The victim and a suspect in a shooting and fight that left one man critically wounded in McKeesport Thursday both dated the same woman, according to court documents.

Allegheny County police announced Friday that they were searching for Clarence Moore, 22, of Braddock in connection with a shooting outside Bubba's Too Bar & Grille. Another man, 20-year-old Jordan Hardy of McKees Rocks, has also been charged with receiving stolen property and a gun violation.

McKeesport police were patrolling about 1:30 a.m. Thursday when they heard two or three 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 while he was on the ground, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

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

As officers made their way to the crime scene, one of them spotted a blue 2001 Plymouth Neon 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. Police charged one of them, Mr. Hardy, after they said they found a stolen .40-caliber pistol in the back of the car.

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 the Mon Valley, including Braddock and McKeesport.


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


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