2 suspects sought in North Side killing

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Pittsburgh police were searching for leads Friday night on two men connected to a shooting at an East Allegheny bar that left one man dead and another wounded.

Donald Lowry, 46, of Sheraden, died at Allegheny General Hospital at 1:25 a.m., about 25 minutes after the shooting, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office. Another man, whose name has not been released, was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

Police were called to JR's Bar about 1 a.m. for a report that a man with a silver pistol shot Mr. Lowry multiple times, according to Lt. Daniel Herrmann of major crimes.

Lt. Herrmann said Mr. Lowry was standing at the bar when a man walked up to him and they "exchanged words." Mr. Lowry was running when the man shot him multiple times in the back, the lieutenant said.

Police said a security guard tried to stop the shooter but a second man struck him over the head with a beer bottle, and the two ran out of the bar onto East Ohio Street before Zone 1 police arrived at the scene.

Mr. Lowry's younger sister, Tammy Lowry, said Friday afternoon that bar patrons told the family the shooter had a disagreement with another patron at the bar, left to get a gun and came back to find that patron had already left.

"It's our understanding from the other patrons that my brother accidentally bumped into him," Ms. Lowry said. "He didn't even know the person."

She said her brother, the father of five children, worked an overnight shift at a cleaning company so he could drop his daughter off at school.

A few hours before he died, Ms. Lowry and her brother talked about opening a restaurant on Federal Street that might serve breakfast and hot dogs.

It was a change, she said, from his behavior in his youth. Mr. Lowry spent seven years in various federal penitentiaries between 1993 and 2000 in connection with the armed robbery of a West View bank. He was arrested numerous times on various drug charges, some of which he was convicted of and some of which he was not.

"That was years ago. He paid for what he did and he was a different person," Ms. Lowry said. "This was a senseless crime. ... We're all in shock. It's like it's not even real."

Police described the likely shooter as a black man between 30 and 35 years old who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie, dark gray pants and a knit hat.

They described the man who struck the security guard as a black man who appeared to be 30 years old, is about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a "heavy build" and dark complexion and who was wearing a zippered hoodie and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh police homicide unit at 412-323-7161. Callers can remain anonymous.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published October 18, 2013 8:00 PM


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