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Live blog: News conference on arrest in City Grill shooting

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DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- An early evening news conference at Buffalo Police headquarters is about to get under way. Officials are expected to address the arrest today of a suspect in the City Grill shooting earlier this month. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown is out of town but is expected to lead off the news conference by phone.

Stay tuned to this live blog for an account of the officials' statements to the media.

7:42 p.m.: A press release just issued by the mayor's office confirms that 23-year-old Riccardo McCray of East Ferry Street has been charged with four counts of second degree murder for his alleged role in the shooting, which killed four and injured four others.

7:45 p.m.: Brown begins the news conference on the phone by applauding the Buffalo police and other authorities for its "relentless pressure" to bring the alleged shooter to justice.

7:46 p.m.: Buffalo police commissioner Daniel Derenda says "we believe we have a very solid case." He asked that the media refrain from publishing pictures of the suspect.

7:48 p.m.: A representative of the FBI says the arrest was due to cooperation among law enforcement at the local, state and national level.

7:51 p.m.: District Attorney Frank Sedita congratulated law enforcement for its hard work and arrest. Derenda is saying he can't comment on McCray's background or other aspects of the investigation.

7:53 p.m.: Derenda says McCray is the only suspect. Police think he was the shooter. "I am confident that we have the right person," he said.

7:56 p.m.: Intense pressure by police on finding McCray was the reason he turned himself in, Derenda said.

7:57 p.m.: McCray is in the Erie County Holding Center and has an attorney, according to Derenda.

8 p.m.: The news conference has just ended with Derenda saying, "We're just glad he surrendered." He and Brown throughout the conference urged witnesses to come forward with information. Check back soon for full audio of the 15 minute meeting with reporters.

Listen to the full news conference:

Hear from some of the key figures involved in the surrender on Aug. 25 of McCray:

--Joseph Popiolkowski

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