BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A person of interest in the City Grill shootings turned himselfin right here at Channel 4.
Riccardo McCray was concerned for his own safety. He was broughtto Channel 4 and voluntarily surrendered himself to Buffalo Police.He told News 4 that he was not the shooter outside the City Grilland said he believes there were multiple shooters. Here is how theday's event unfolded from the moment he arrived at Channel 4 to themoment he was taken into custody.
Riccardo McCray, whose face we have been asked by authoritiesnot to show, was brought here to Channel 4 by community activistDarnell Jackson and Bishop Perry Davis from the Stop the ViolenceFoundation.
Jackson said, "I was contacted by his family last night and theywas concerned about his well-being. He didn't trust nobody but meand I agreed to have himself turned into me and I was negotiatingwith you all through the picture about what was going on. Me andyou have been talking."
The purpose was for McCray, the key person of interest in theshootings outside the City Grill, to turn himself peacefully overto the Buffalo Police. McCray, the father of 1-year-old boy, toldNews 4 he had learned he was a person of interest in the shootingsjust three days ago, and claims to have been in Buffalo the wholetime since the shootings occurred.
When asked what his concerns were, McCray responded, "Thepolice. Why are they going like this towards me? Everybody ishuman, ya know what I mean? 'Cause there's a side to everything.Why are the police going the way goin' towards me? That's all Iwant to know."
McCray answered our questions about what happened that earlySaturday morning outside the City Grill in downtown Buffalo.
McCray described, "It was fight, then the next thing you know,shots rang. Get low, hit the ground, that's all I can recall thatnight."
McCray told News 4 he went to school with one of the victims,William McCaa.
"He always come to my house and everything. If I knew whatcaused the shooter, I'd tell you. That's why I come down herebecause they said they looking for me and that's what I'm comingdown here to explain. I don't know that night what happened. Like Itold you, if I knew I would tell you," said McCray.
Police arrived at Channel 4 to take McCray in for questioning.McCray's attorney had not yet arrived.
Jackson said, "Wait until his lawyer comes. Lawyer will be herein two minutes."
A police officer responded, "He'll meet us downtown. Get out ofmy way or I'll arrest ya. Out of my way!"
McCray was then handcuffed and taken to Buffalo PoliceHeadquarters. McCray tells News 4 he was in Buffalo when he learnedfrom a cousin he was wanted for questioning.
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