BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo Police have charged their prime suspect with the City Grill murders.
It came just hours after Riccardo McCray turned himself in to News 4's Rich Newberg, right here at Channel 4.
Newberg said, "This is what they call a surrender."
Riccardo McCray, whose face we have been asked by authorities not to show, was brought here to Channel 4 by Community Activist Darnell Jackson and Bishop Perry Davis from the Stop the Violence Foundation.
The purpose was for McCray, who has now been charged with four counts of second-degree murder, to turn himself peacefully over to the Buffalo Police. McCray told News 4 he did not do the shooting.
Newberg asked, "You didn't do it?"
McCray shook head "no."
"If I know who did it I would come forward and tell you who did it, 'cause that's a hurtful thing," said McCray.
Newberg talked to McCray about the massacre outside the City Grill. There was a fight, he said, and the whole club got kicked out, he told Newberg.
Newberg asked, "And then there were shots. Where were you when the shots occurred?"
McCray answered, "When the shots occurred? Once I heard shots I got low to the ground, and after I heard the shots, after I heard the shots I got up."
Newberg asked, "Did you see anyone get hit?"
McCray said, "Nothing. As soon as I heard shots I got down on the ground. I'm not trying to look up to see anything. There were shots fired."
Newberg asked, "This city is torn apart. How do you view that, what happened, how it has impacted on Buffalo?"
McCray answered, "That's hurtful. That's a hurtful thing. And it would be a hurtful feeling too if they trying to accuse me, or anything. It's hurtful both ways."
McCray said he went to the City Grill because one of his closest friends was there, Willie McCaa, who was one of the four people shot to death when the bullets started flying.
"He always come to my house and everything," McCray said.
McCray, the father of one-year-old boy, told Newberg he learned he was a person of interest in the shootings just three days ago and that he was in Buffalo at the time. He said he didn't understand why police were after him.
Newberg asked, "What are your concerns right now, for yourself. What are your concerns?"
McCray said, "The police. Why are they going like this towards me? Everybody is human, 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 I want to know."
Newberg asked, "Do you know what caused the shooting?"
"If I knew what caused the shooter I'd tell you. That's why I come down here, because they said they looking for me and that's what I'm coming down here to explain. I don't know that night what happened. Like I told you, if I knew I would tell you," McCray said.
Newberg talked with Darnell Jackson about his role in McCray's surrender.
"I was contacted by his family last night and they was concerned about his well being. He didn't trust nobody but me and I agreed to have himself turned into me and I was negotiating with you all through the picture about what was going on. Me and you have been talking," said Jackson.
"That's why we come to Channel 4 News. To make sure nothing happens to him," said Bishop Perry Davis, of the Stop the Violence Foundation.
Police arrived at Channel 4 to take McCray in for questioning. Darnell Jackson was concerned that McCray's attorney had not yet arrived, but Buffalo Police were anxious to take their prime suspect into custody.
Newberg said, "We have a Buffalo Police presence here."
Jackson said, "Wait until his lawyer comes. Lawyer will be here in two minutes."
Then an officer said to Jackson, "He'll meet us downtown. Get out of my way or I'll arrest ya. Out of my way."
Riccardo McCray was then handcuffed and taken to Buffalo Police Headquarters.
Buffalo Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said, " He was well aware that there was efforts by local law enforcement as well as other law enforcement partners to locate him and bring him in for questioning."
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