Afternoon shooting in Clairton leaves man dead, another shot and one arrested

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An exchange of gunfire in Clairton on Tuesday afternoon left a man dead, another shot and one arrested.

Terrance Moore, 34, and Richard Ford, 21, both of Clairton, were shot in the 300-block of Halcomb Avenue around 2 p.m., police said.

Mr. Moore was shot in the trunk several times and was taken by life flight to Allegheny General Hospital, police said. He died Tuesday evening, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning.

When Mr. Moore shot Mr. Ford in the knee, Mr. Ford -- who has a concealed carry permit -- told police that he returned fire. After also being shot in the buttocks, Mr. Ford was taken to UPMC Presbyterian and was in stable condition, police said.

Christian D. Riley, 20, his brother and a cousin, Mr. Moore, approached Mr. Ford's Halcomb home, where they spoke with Mr. Ford's brother and another man, Mr. Ford told police. During the conversation, Mr. Moore pulled a gun and began shooting, Mr. Ford told police.

After Mr. Moore and Mr. Ford fired shots, the men with Mr. Moore also began shooting, Mr. Ford told police. Mr. Ford told police that Mr. Riley and Mr. Moore got into a purple Cadillac and drove away, while the third man fled on foot.

Mr. Riley told police that after the conversation he heard two gunshots and ran into a nearby alley. When he returned, he said, Mr. Moore was slumped over the steering wheel of the Cadillac.

On the 300-block of Holcomb, police found 17 spent cartridge casings and a live round. Police also obtained a handgun with a live round near the bridge on Ravensburg Boulevard; it had been reported stolen in Pittsburgh. Police obtained surveillance footage of the shooting.

Mr. Riley was arrested on charges such as attempted homicide for shooting at Mr. Ford; carrying a firearm without a license; criminal conspiracy; and charges related to the theft of the Cadillac.

Moments after lengths of police tape were removed from the 300-block, a group of about 30 people met on the corner of Halcomb and Miller avenues.

The group had assembled earlier to remember the four-year anniversary of the shooting death of Demonje Rosser, a former local football star who coached the Clairton Bears midget football team.

They chanted phrases such as "No peace, no justice" and carried collages and cardboard signs, moving through the block where police cars had just been parked.

"It's sad because our youth are being killed daily and nothing is being done," Demonje's brother, Lamonte Rosser Sr., 44, said.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published March 26, 2013 6:30 PM


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