Police: Slur led to fight, gunshot

Police said a racial slur touched off a confrontation that led to gunfire outside the Logan Valley Mall.

Brothers Larry D. Morrow, 29, address unknown, and Kevin K. Morrow, 37, of 118 E. Willow Ave. went to the mall to exchange a cellphone, but when the store wouldn’t accommodate them, the white males left in a huff, according to Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller.

Outside, near the entrance to the Applebee’s restaurant, two black males in a red Jaguar honked their horn at the pair. Words were exchanged, with Kevin Morrow hurling a racial epithet at the men in the car. When the two men jumped out of the Jaguar, one of the Morrow brothers pulled a gun from his back pocket and fired at the two men, toward the entrance to Applebee’s, police noted in the pair’s arrest papers.

Heller said there were conflicting reports at the scene as to who fired the shot, but investigators believe it was Larry Morrow. Heller added that both men were charged with the same offenses and said exactly what happened will come to light when the two appear in court for their preliminary hearing on the charges.

After the shot was fired, the Morrow brothers fled in a silver-colored minivan to nearby Kmart.

Heller said the pair ran into the store with the plan of buying new shirts but didn’t have any money, so they left. Police said the Morrow brothers ditched the keys to the van in the store’s bathroom, and after leaving the store, they ditched their shirts before they ran along the Mill Run creek bed until they were spotted and arrested by Altoona police on Union Avenue.

A .380-caliber automatic handgun, a Davis Industries model P-380, with an obliterated serial number was found in the minivan, and police have charged both men with its possession, citing that during the incident, each had control of the weapon at some point.

Police said both men are convicted felons and are not allowed to have a gun.

A shell casing matching the bullets remaining in the recovered handgun was found in the mall parking lot, police added.

Both men are charged with attempted felony aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a gun without a license and possession of a gun with an obliterated serial number, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.