The suspect of the Seminole murder visited the shooting range days before the fatal shooting, according to an affidavit
SEMINOLE, Florida (WFLA) – The murder suspect who could become Tampa Bay’s next serial killer according to the Pinellas County Sheriff visited a shooting range in his neighborhood days before the fatal shooting, according to court documents received by 8 On Your Side.
An affidavit said MPs linked 20-year-old Elijah McCray to murder and attempted murder less than a week apart because “several similarities were observed between the two scenes, such as evidence of the shell, Location and caliber of the firearm used “.
In addition to murder and attempted murder, McCray is charged on two counts with a criminal in possession of a firearm.
One of McCray’s affidavits said on September 12, 2018 that the Florida 6th judicial district court found that he had committed a serious assault with a lethal weapon. He was 17 years old at the time.
The same affidavit said at 1:38 pm on October 10th that McCray was “seen while video-monitoring Shoot Straight with a semi-automatic pistol.”
Three days earlier, MPs said McCray accidentally opened fire on a 40-year-old man who was sitting outside his apartment. He is charged with attempted murder. Two bullets hit the victim.
“We stopped what could have happened in Tampa, what Seminole Heights 2.0 could have been,” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Thursday at a press conference announcing McCray’s arrest.
The thought of what could have been is terrifying to Lisa Delorey, who said she heard six gunshots from her house last Wednesday night.
There is now a white cross with an American flag in memory of 55 year old Army Veteran Eddie Hoskins Jr. in the Seminole neighborhood at 84th Lane N. near 75th Avenue N.
Last Wednesday evening MPs said McCray shot Hoskins while he was walking his dog, something neighbors like Delorey say they saw him the whole time.
“I was devastated because you don’t feel like you know him personally, but because you see him walking in the street you have a little connection,” said Delorey. “That makes me angry that I know him.”
Sheriff Gualtieri credits neighborhood witnesses and surveillance videos with arresting McCray the day after the fatal shooting.
“The defendant’s vehicle was watched by both video cameras and witnesses as he left the scene of the shooting when he fled to his home,” said the affidavit of McCray’s murder.
Delorey said she was relieved that the accused killer is already in Pinellas County Jail.
“Just like Sheriff Gualtieri said, it’s just old-fashioned policing and the people who got together helped solve it,” she said.