Community Reacts to City Grill Shooting Arrest

August 26, 2010 Updated Aug 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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August 26, 2010 Updated Aug 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- The shootings outside of the City Grill restaurant and now an arrest have triggered so many emotions throughout the community. Today some are relieved at word of an arrest. While others aren't convinced that police have the right person. Many people are still were afraid to talk to us. They tell us they are scared that people connected to this crime are still on the streets.
Former Masten District City Council Member David Collins is one of the community leaders who questions whether Riccardo McCray turned himself in for the right reasons. "He might have been fearful for his own life and maybe this is his way of avoiding that finality." Others questioned whether McCray will be convicted. "I don't think they got the right one. Why not? i just don't." according to one woman who identified herself as a cousin to Tiffany Wilhite and Shawntia McNeil.
Regardless of why he turned himself in, legislator Betty Jean Grant says it was the right thing to do. "I feel very relieved about that arrest." Other community members also expressed relief. "That was good he turned himself in." One woman says, another tells us, "I feel more protected because I don't have to worry about somebody on the loose."
The fact that it was not an arrest made by police alone, but through the community, doesn't surprise Grant. She tells us the community is strong and many tips are made to community leaders. Citizen leaders worked with McCray's family to urge the suspect to turn himself in to police.
But the spotlight on this crime is wearing thin on some. Torea Fincher tells us, "I see the news and they're talking about the City Grill. I always turn it because I end up crying. It's real, real sad."