Riccardo McCray; Photo from Buffalonews.com
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Not guilty. That was the plea following the arraignment Wednesday morning of Riccardo McCray in the shooting deaths of 4 people and wounding of 4 others on August 14th.
McCray, the suspect in the shooting outside Buffalo's City Grill restaurant, was indicted on multiple murder and attempted murder counts by an Erie County Grand Jury on Wednesday. He appeared in court wearing a white shirt and was shackled. Erie County Court Judge Sheila Ditullio refused to set any bail.
According to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, McCray is charged with one count of murder in the second degree, three counts of murder in the first degree, four counts of attempted murder in the first degree, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
It took the Grand Jury three days to review the case. The prosecution says there was evidence presented that McCray had traveled to North Carolina. Sedita says McCray had family in the area and claims he left Buffalo "shortly after" the shooting incident.
Sedita said five witnesses have identified McCray as the the shooter. He also said a weapon has not been recovered but bullets and casings are in the hands of investigators. Sedita says a handgun was used the night of the shooting and investigators believe there was only one shooter.
2 On Your Side's Josh Boose asked Sedita if this incident was "gang related". Sedita said this was not "gang related" in the sense of gangs shooting each other but did say some of the people in attendance at the City Grill the night of the shooting were gang members. Sedita declined to comment when asked if McCray was a member of a gang.
Assistant District Attorney James Bargnesi said a representative for all eight shooting victims were at Wednesday's arraignment. They refused comment after the proceeding.
McCray could face a sentence of life without parole if he's convicted of the crimes.
The shooting outside the City Grill restaurant on August 14th killed four people; 30 year old Danyell Mackin, 26 year old Willie McCaa, 32 year old Tiffany Wilhite, and 27 year old Shawntia McNeil. Four others were also injured; 27 year old James Robbs, 30 year old Demario Vass, 30 year old Shamar Davis and 27 year old Tillman Ward.