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15-year-old boy arrested in Washington County grandmother's shooting death

15-year-old arrested in Washington County grandma's shooting death
15-year-old arrested in Washington County grandma's shooting death 02:47

WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) - A 15-year-old boy is facing homicide charges after a grandma sitting on her front porch in Washington County was shot and killed last week.  

Tyriq Moss was arrested in 58-year-old Kristin Barfield's death after Washington County District Attorney Jason Walsh said Moss came to the station to be interviewed on Thursday.   

"Based on evidence so far, he was one of the individuals who fired shots," said Walsh.

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According to court paperwork, Moss and Brandon Allen agreed they were going to shoot someone else on the porch, but apparently missed and hit Barfield instead. Police said Allen drove by the home on Ridge Street while he and Moss fired out of the moving vehicle. 

Barfield was found by first responders shot in the chest. She was taken to a hospital, where she died. 

Her daughter Courtney Ellis said she's glad to see someone in custody.

"For me, what I think about the 15-year-old that was arrested: it's a start, but so far from over," said Ellis.

Exclusive video KDKA obtained from a nearby business shows what appear to be two people walking down the street across from what ends up being the crime scene. Then, they get into a blue car and drive away. The video then shows the car driving toward the crime scene and passing the house.

The district attorney said Moss has been charged as an adult with one count of homicide and two counts of criminal attempt homicide.

"If you're 15 and want to shoot someone or kill someone, you will be charged as an adult," said Walsh.

Loved ones say they want justice to be served.

"She was a mother, a grandmother, a daughter that didn't deserve this," said Ellis.

A warrant also has been issued for Allen.  

"That's me and her. That's how it always was. Always me and her. I'm lost," said Barfield's sister Mishelle Dixon Price. "I don't have a whole part of me and I don't know what to do."

Walsh said there could be other suspects in this case. 

Meantime, he said the city of Washington has seen a spike in violent crimes. In fact, he says it's something that's happening across the country and stresses his team is doing whatever they can to solve these types of incidents. 


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