City Grill 911 Call Played for Jury in McCray Trial

March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM EDT

By John Borsa

March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Gunshots and screams can be heard on the recording of a 911 call made from outside City Grill Restaurant as a fight escalated into a mass shooting.

The recording was played for the jury on the second day of testimony in the quadruple murder trial of Riccardo McCray.

Craig Gadley, a former Erie County Sheriff's Deputy, testified he made the call after a fight broke out between 15 to 20 people outside the restaurant. Gadley was hired by a party promoter to provide security at City Grill on the night of August 13.

Promoter Marlando Brannon testified earlier in the morning that his company, TruLife Entertainment, provided security and a DJ for the weekly events, which he promoted from January, 2010 until the night of the shooting.

At the height of the party on August 14, with at least 150 patrons in the restaurant, Gadley said security guards ejected someone who was involved in some type of altercation inside.

That led to a "brawl" outside between a small group of people. Seconds later, others joined the melee. Eventually, 50 to 60 people were part of the fight.

Gadley said he pepper-sprayed the rowdy participants of the fight and phoned 911 for police assistance. Then shots were fired.

Four people were killed. Four others were shot and wounded.

Family members of the victims cried in court as the recording was played. Gadley testified that he did not see the shooter but witnessed a victim stumble across the street and collapse in front of the restaurant.

Gadley cried as he talked about how he tried to comfort the injured man, telling him help was on the way. The victim he referenced is believed to be Danyell Mackin, who died at the scene.

Under questioning by defense attorney Joseph Terranova, Gadley said he was terminated as a deputy for the Erie County Sheriff's Department after 11 years.

When Terranova continued with the line of questioning, Judge Sheila DiTullio sustained an objection from the prosecution preventing Gadley from answering Terranova's further questioning about the cause of his termination.

A second witness, Rashid James, said he was working with Gadley as a security guard at City Grill.

James said he witnessed McCray fighting in front of the restaurant before the shooting, but never saw the actual shooter.

Under cross examination by the defense, James refused to answer Terranova's questions regarding his criminal record. James finally answered questions about his prior convictions for assault and attempted assault after the judge told him he must do so.

During the afternoon, as a Buffalo Police crime scene photographer took the stand, prosecutors played a police video of the crime scene. The walking tour of Main Street in front of the restaurant showed the placement of bodies, all covered in blood-soaked sheets.

A broken champagne bottle, fired 9mm cartridge casings, money, jewelery, money, blood and vomit are strewn about the crime scene.

The video showed a closeup of victim Tiffany Wilhite's well-manicured fingernails and 30-year-old Danyell Mackin's tattoo-covered arm. Several family members who are watching the trial daily burst into tears and excused themselves from the courtroom upon seeing the images.

Shawnita McNeil, 27, and Willie McCaa III, 27, were also killed.

McCray is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. He is facing three counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree attempted murder and criminal weapons possession.

A jury of four women and eight men are hearing evidence in the case, which is expected to last until April 8.