Suspect surrenders in fatal shooting at Waterfront Steak 'n Shake
January 9, 2014 10:57 PM
Bob Donaldson / Post-Gazette
The Steak 'n Shake restaurant in the Waterfront shopping complex in Munhall where Imani Porter, 20, was shot while sitting in his car Wednesday night.
By Liz Navratil / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When a Point Breeze man met two others Wednesday night inside a car parked near a Steak ’n Shake at The Waterfront complex in Munhall, he thought he was going to sell them heroin, according to court documents.
Instead, police said, the pair pulled out guns and Imani Porter, 20, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
One suspect, 17-year-old Jaron Young of Penn Hills, surrendered Thursday afternoon at the Turtle Creek office of District Judge Scott Schricker.
Allegheny County police said they continued to search for a second suspect in the slaying of Mr. Porter, who is the uncle of rapper Wiz Khalifa, who grew up in Pittsburgh. Mr. Porter’s death marked the first homicide in Allegheny County this year.
County police said Mr. Porter and a friend walked into the Steak ’n Shake to pick up a food order and Mr. Porter walked outside after receiving a call but before picking up his food.
Mr. Porter met Mr. Young and others inside a Chevrolet Impala in the parking lot, according to a criminal complaint, and Mr. Young and an associate pulled out guns about 8:10 p.m.
A gunshot went off. Two men were spotted leaving the Impala and driving away in a white Pontiac, possibly a Bonneville with tinted windows, Lt. Andrew Schurman said late Wednesday night.
When Munhall police and medics arrived, they found Mr. Porter slumped over inside the front seat.
Police said they found what they believe to be heroin in and around the car.
“We’re looking at it as a potential motive for the shooting,” said Lt. Schurman, who added that the shooting does not appear to have been random and no patrons were in danger.
Court records show Mr. Porter pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a controlled substance stemming from a 2011 case and was sentenced to probation.
But some who knew Mr. Porter said Thursday that they believe police are mistaken about the cause of the shooting.
Family friend Rose Price, who spent part of the afternoon with Mr. Porter’s mother, said she thought Mr. Porter was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
She said she did not know Mr. Porter to do drugs but instead remembered him as a “very caring,” “real smart,” “fun-loving guy,” who worked with children at a local YMCA.
“You can’t believe everything you hear,” she said.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa tweeted late Wednesday night, “My uncle was younger and more level headed than all of us. I would have never seen this happening in a million years.”