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Teen suspect described Riverview shooting, according to records

TAMPA — Before the barrel of a rusty revolver had cooled Sunday, Khayri McCray was boasting to others that he had just used it to shoot someone, according to a newly released arrest report.

McCray, before television cameras, later denied guilt in the killing of a Durant High School senior at a graduation party.

But three people with him after he dove into the back seat of a white Chevrolet Malibu said he kept talking about the shooting.

He made "several statements indicating that he had shot someone while at the party," the report states.

The Malibu's occupants have not been charged.

The driver's mother said investigators are still talking with her son, a Spoto High School senior.

On Tuesday, school officials wouldn't let him on campus, his mother said. School officials would not discuss that with the St. Petersburg Times.

McCray, an 18-year-old senior at Spoto High, is charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting that killed Devante Lamar Dallas and injured two others at the Riverview graduation party.

McCray turned himself in Sunday and remains in jail without bail. He could face life in prison.

Much of the report released Tuesday focuses on the .32-caliber Rossi revolver and the Malibu.

One witness told deputies he saw McCray lean over the car to shoot. Moments later, McCray ran after the moving Malibu, driven by an acquaintance, and asked for a ride, the report said. He jumped in through the rear window and the car drove off.

The driver took McCray and two others to the south parking lot of the Progress Village Middle Magnet School. McCray then told them and other witnesses that he had shot someone, the report said.

Deputies found the gun during in a search of the school grounds.

McCray, deputies said, started shooting Sunday after someone punched him in the face at the party, staged in a rental hall.

Bullets hit Jeffrey Thomas, 41, in the lower back, and De Ron Richardson, 20, in the upper right chest. Both were treated at a hospital and released.

Dallas, shot in the chest, died at the scene.

Funeral arrangements for Dallas were not final Tuesday.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at (813) 226-3374 or srossetter@sptimes.com.

Teen suspect described Riverview shooting, according to records 05/25/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:42am]
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