SHERADEN, Pa. - Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a Pittsburgh market owner dead and critically injured a woman who apparently witnessed the shooting and called 911.
Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said detectives believe the shooting followed an attempted robbery at the Allendale Market in the Sheraden section of the city.
Toler said a fight occurred in the store at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and the owner ran outside, where he was shot.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 50-year-old Darryl Terry. Terry’s body was found in the street in front of his store.
A vigil was held for Terry in Crafton Heights on Tuesday.
“I’m like, ‘How could this happen? This is not true,’ because this is a guy who had been around for years. You would never think he would go so soon,” said the victim’s friend Nikkey Hutchinson.
“The one dude that was doing the shooting was standing on the sidewalk and Darryl was running across the street. The third shot hit him and he went down and then the dude came up across the street and laid four or five into him,” a witness told Channel 11 News.
Minutes later, detectives said, they were called to Chartiers Avenue in Windgap. That’s where officers said a woman was shot several times inside her car.
“We see this vehicle and the window is broke out. I go to the passenger side and I look at it. I see the woman in the vehicle,” said Gloria Rivera.
Toler said the woman was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in critical condition. Her name has not been released. Officials said she’s also being protected by Pittsburgh police.
“We believe the same actor is responsible for both shootings,” Toler said.
Neighbors said they’re in shock and outraged by the string of violence that has plagued their area.
Ashley Sloan told Channel 11’s Dave Bondy that she saw Terry about 20 minutes before the shooting.
“He was in there by himself. Nobody else was in there, and we just had out normal words. I live around the corner and I heard the shots,” Sloan said.
No arrests were immediately reported in the case. Authorities said they’re planning a major increase of police presence in the area.
“Their sole priority is going to be to engage the public, enforce criminal law and enforce traffic enforcement,” said Cmdr. Scott Schubert.