Suspect Arrested For Murder in Flea Market Shooting

By: Lee Gordon
By: Lee Gordon

Police have arrested a murder suspect in connection with Saturday's Flea Market shooting. Just after 8:00 Wednesday night, Tallahassee Police arrested 27 year old Andre McCray at 1039 Richmond Street in Tallahassee.

According to Police Spokesman Dave McCranie, McCray was arrested on 1st degree murder charges as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McCray lives in Tallahassee but is from Miami.
Authorities say two other men in the getaway vehicle looked at a photo line-up and have identified McCray as the shooter.
One of those men says McCray told him the victim flinched...and "I had to shoot him." He says McCray told him the victim fell down and was reaching for something so he shot him again."
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Copy of Affidavit:

SUMMARY OF OFFENSES AND PROBABLE CAUSE AFFIDAVIT:

On July 12, 2008, at approximately 5:00pm, officers from the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 2525 South Monroe Street to the Allen Shannon Indoor Flea Market in reference to a subject who had been shot. The victim was identified as Rony Germinal. Germinal was transported by EMS to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Emergency Room where he subsequently died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

Witness Rivers, who was visiting Germinal at the Flea Market, advised he had entered the bathroom after Germinal. He stated there was an unknown black male also in the bathroom. Rivers said Germinal and the suspect spoke very briefly to each other by saying, “What’s up?” Rivers stated he then heard a gunshot. He and Germinal tripped over each other and fell to the ground. The suspect pointed the firearm at Rivers and Germinal and stated he would kill them. Rivers crawled into a bathroom stall and then he heard another gunshot. When Rivers came out of the bathroom, he didn’t see either Germinal or the suspect. Rivers found Germinal bleeding and collapsed in the middle of the walkway. Rivers provided a description of the suspect as a black male wearing a green and cream horizontally striped collared shirt and black jeans.

Witness Jones stated he was in the indoor flea market when he saw a black male running down the hallway towards the front entrance/exit. The male pushed a female out of the way and then Jones saw Germinal walking down the hall after the suspect. Jones said Germinal said “Hey, Hey” as he held part of his gold chain in his hand. Jones thought the suspect had just robbed Germinal and was unaware Germinal was shot. Jones ran after the suspect and followed him outside the flea market where he saw the suspect jump into a green car. Jones said the car was backed into a parking spot in front of the Family Dollar and the suspect got into the rear passenger door. Jones described the vehicle as being light green or “kind of” teal with dark tinted windows, 4 doors, and having the trunk lid tied down with rope. Jones tried to remember the tag and provided a partial of “C7SX.”

The gun used in the incident was a large chrome handgun. Two .45 caliber shell casings were recovered from the crime scene. Several witnesses advised hearing two gunshots. Preliminary autopsy findings also indicated the victim was struck by two rounds, one of which struck the victim in the abdomen.

The description of the suspect and the above vehicle were released to the media and Crime Stoppers on 07/12/2008.

On July 14th, 2008, a Crime Stoppers tip was received that advised the suspect from the shooting at the indoor flea market was Andre McCray.

Later this date, a citizen contacted the police department in reference to a suspicious vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle observed leaving the scene of the shooting. The suspicious vehicle was a green Ford Taurus bearing Florida tag C758SX. The trunk of the Taurus was secured by a rope. The registered owner of the vehicle was identified as Heller.

A search of TPD’s databases revealed that a traffic stop was conducted on the above vehicle on 06/05/08. The driver at the time of the stop was Heller and a passenger was identified as LaCharles Hudson.

Investigators surveilled the vehicle and made contact with Heller as she approached. Heller voluntarily responded to the police department for an interview. Inv. Mahoney and I spoke with Heller. She stated that “Mac” a/k/a LaCharles Hudson always has her car. On Thursday evening (07/10), Hudson picked her up from work and drove her home. He dropped her off and left in her vehicle. She did not see Hudson or her vehicle again until Saturday (07/12) night. Heller stated a friend called her late Saturday night at approximately 9:30pm and told her about the murder at the flea market. She was told the news provided a suspect vehicle description that matched her car. Hudson then called Heller and she asked him what happened. According to Heller, Hudson said he didn’t know the suspect was going to shoot him. Hudson told her, he and Robert Copeland took a third person (suspect) to the flea market to buy some weed. He and Copeland were sitting in the car when the suspect ran back to the car and told them he had shot him two times in the stomach. Heller also spoke to Copeland who was with Hudson. Copeland also denied knowing the suspect’s intentions. They both told Heller they didn’t know it was going to happen. Heller stated she did not know the suspects identity or street name and didn’t ask because she didn’t want to be involved any further.

On July 16, 2008, Copeland and Hudson were interviewed in reference to the shooting.

Hudson stated a subject he only knows as “Miami” or “Fool” called him on Saturday (07/12) and asked for a ride to the indoor flea market so he could buy some “weed.” Hudson, Copeland and Jeremy Franklin picked up “Miami” in Heller’s car and drove down to the flea market. Copeland was driving, Hudson was in the front passenger seat and “Miami” was in the rear driver side passenger seat (behind Copeland). When they got to the flea market, Copeland backed into a parking space in front of the Family Dollar. Hudson stated the suspect took Copeland’s chrome handgun from a pocket in the back of the driver seat and stated he was taking the gun in case something happened. Hudson saw the suspect put the gun under his shirt as he exited the car. Hudson had Copeland crack the rear passenger window so he could see out as they waited for “Miami.” About five minutes later, Hudson saw “Miami” running back to the car with the gun in his right hand and his left hand balled up. Hudson also saw another male running after “Miami.” The suspect jumped into the rear driver side passenger seat and yelled, “Drive, Drive, Drive!” Hudson said they drove “Miami” back to his apartment on West Tharpe Street. Hudson stated the suspect told him that the victim “flinched or something” and “I had to shoot him.” The suspect told Hudson the victim then fell down and was reaching for something, so he shot him again. Hudson described the gun as being chrome with black handles.

I showed Hudson a photo line-up with six photos one of which was a photo of McCray. Hudson identified McCray as the shooter and the person he knows as “Miami.”

Copeland provided a similar account as Hudson. Copeland stated he was driving, Hudson was in the front passenger seat, Jeremy Franklin was in the passenger side rear and the suspect, who he knew as “Fool”, was in the rear driver side seat. Once they got to the flea market, the suspect asked Copeland if he had any fire in case he gets robbed. Copeland gave him a .45 chrome semi-automatic handgun from the center console. A few minutes later, Copeland stated he observed the suspect come running back to the car with another male chasing after him. Copeland advised “Fool” handed him back the gun and he could smell the gunpowder. According to Copeland, the suspect told him he met with a white male in the flea market who directed him to the victim. Copeland stated he knew Germinal as the “grill guy.” The suspect said he and Germinal went to the back and Germinal asked him where the money was? The suspect told Germinal he had the cash but wanted to see the weed. Copeland said “Fool” told him he saw Germinal reaching for something that looked like a .380 and he had ten seconds to make a split decision, so he shot him twice in the chest.

Inv. Mahoney showed Copeland a photo line-up with six photos, one of which was a photo of McCray. Copeland advised the photo of McCray was the shooter/suspect and the person he knew as “Fool.”

Contact was made with a friend of McCray’s, June Hill, who was identified as a person he called shortly after the murder. Hill told Inv. Mahoney that on Friday (07/11), she spoke with McCray on the telephone. He told her he went to “Psych’s” house on Basin Street to buy cocaine. However, she set him up and when he got there he was robbed. On Saturday, Hill received a phone call from McCray where he told her to turn on the news. He then told Hill that he went to the flea market to get his hair cut. He saw the guy (Germinal) who he believed robbed him from the night before walk by. McCray said he followed him to the back. Germinal was turned away from him doing something. According to Hill, McCray told her when the victim turned around he shot him once in the chest. Germinal then fell down and he then shot him again.
A short time later, McCray called her again and told her he was coming over to her house. He said “Grimey” didn’t have any cleaning supplies. He asked her to give him some cleaner, so she gave him a bottle of bleach and a rag. Hill said McCray washed his hands with the bleach and then left. Hill stated McCray left the bottle of bleach and the rag at her house.

According to the Department of Corrections, McCray was released from prison on 02/24/2008 after being convicted of a burglary with a person-assaulted charge (Case No 0127991).


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  • by Lost Location: Tallay on Jan 14, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    In today's time, we all have a greater responsibility,to teach,help and love.I find it hard 2 just look at one side of a bigger picture.Not only do we have 2 educate early,but we must always look back My prayers go out 2 all the familys of these silly little boys,not only have we lost a young man,that will never be forgotten,but now 3 more r going away 4 a long time,and 4 what?so they show all the girls how tough ther not,cowards all of u,cowards.2 All men of color it,s now our time 2 step up.We tend 2 sit back and allow these types of activity 2 go on in, and around our homes,lets stop depending on the (WHITE MAN)thinking he,s the way. I am not afraid,I love my people of color we got 2 learn we r not our enemies yet we fight a losing battle. No 1 should be above the law. No one. This includes law inforcement. If this young should happen 2 get off,we shouldn't get upset,(T.P.D) has gotten away with it,when they gun down the young man in Joe Loius St. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW GOD BLE
  • by Concern Location: Tallahassee on Oct 10, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    After reading the post, I believe that all the persons that were in the car should be charged with the murder. Here you have these guy's hear Mccray state that he needs the gun in case something happens. At this moment, these guy's had a choice to leave the area. The Driver, that drove him there should be charged, the One that provided the firearm, and the the others that sat there and waited for his return. When you give someone in that state a firearm, things will and are going to happen, thats no-good. Also, Ms. Hill that he called after the murder took place, she gave him items to clean himself with; That's accessory after the fact. Let's do justice here folks, and charge the ones that are responsible. Had he not been driven there, had he not been given the firearm, and had he not been given an a few friends to boost his head up,and items to clean up after such a violent crime, then this guy would still be alive.This guy stated he's killed before, so lets give him what he deserves.
  • by Anonymous Location: GA on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    GLAD TPD IS WORKING BECAUSE A MOTHER HAS LOST A CHILD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPEN.
  • by single,but proiud parent Location: tall/q-town on Dec 16, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    I HAVE TO DISAGREE ON WHAT THE WRITER LOCATION SAID ABOUT PARENTS BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THE KIDS DO IF UR A SINGLE WORKING PARENT WITH MORE THAN ONE CHILD THERE'S NO WAY POSSIBLE YOU CAN DO IT ALL PARENTS ARE NOT TO BLAME FOR THE WAY KIDS MAY TURN OUT OR THE THINGS THAT THEY DO NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE TROUBLE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER I'M A SINGLE BLACK PARENT OF 5 KIDS MY 15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER GETS INTO TROUBLE SKIPS SCHOOL ALL DURING THE TIME I'M AT WORK I COULDN'T POSSIBLY TAKE OFF FROM WORK EVERY TIME THIS HAPPENS WE CAN ONLY PRAY AND TEACH OUR KIDS RIGHT FROM WRONG AND HAVE FAITH IN OUR PRAYERS THAT THEY DON'T GO DOWN THE WRONG PATH PRAY THAT THEY DON'T KILL OR THAT THEY DON'T GET KILLED
  • by Tasha Location: Tallahassee on Oct 31, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    I believe that Lacharles should be charged with murder 2 even though we are expecting a baby in febuary he knew what was going to happen and tracy did 2 charge them both
  • by bre Location: tallahasse fl on Aug 21, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    i wish people can stop killing people and get a lone.
  • by Tasha Ford on Jul 24, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    i think that Robert Copeland and charlie mac shouldn't be charged with murder. Why i think that they should be charged with mureder is because Rober and mac didn't know that "Miami" was going in to kill that man. Only thing they tried to do was helpa friend out in need of a ride. but Robert should take blame for the gun charges. Because he had no right to give someone else an unregristered gun or even a gun period. And Miami needs to take blame for what he did.
  • by RIPRONY Location: Tally on Jul 20, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    I totally agree that these people knewmccray as more than "fool" or "miami" and they should also be investigated. the police had to find them. they didnt come forward on their own. rip rony!
  • by IM SO TRIED OF STUPID PEOPLE Location: TALLAHASSEE on Jul 18, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    SO MANY PEOPLE ARE MAKING STUPID COMMENTS AND COMMENTS THAT DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SITUATION. HALF OF THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THESE COMMENTS HAVE NO COMMON SENSE. YALL SHOULD RE READ YOUR COMMENTS BEFORE YALL HAVE THEM POSTED BECAUSE SO MANY OF YALL DONT MAKE ANY SENSE. WHEN WE WILL LEARN THAT CRIME IS TAKING PLACE IN EVERY RACE, AND NOT JUST ONE RACE. SOME PEOPLE NEED TO RESPECT THE FAMILY BECAUSE OF THERE LOST, BECAUSE THIS COULD OF HAVE BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS EITHER WAY. SO,I ASK THE QUESTION TO YALL PEOPLE, IF IT WAS YOUR SON, NEPHEW, COUSIN, OR FRIEND,HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SITUATION. ITS ALMOST A FACT WHEN THE SITUATION APPLIES AT HOME, WE AS PEOPLE SEEM TO FEEL DIFFERENT ABOUT THE SITUATION, AND BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. JUST HAVE RESPECT FOR THE FAIMLY IN THEIR LOST B/C THEY READ THESE COMMENTS TOO. JUST THANK GOD IT WASN'T YOU, I HOPE THAT SOMEONE WILL LEARN FROM THESE AND PRAY THAT THEY WILL LEARN THAT THIS IS NOT THE ROAD TO GO.
  • by Bill on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    !!!!, what a wonderful comment, teach your kids at an early age and be involved with thier lives on a daily basis. It is unfortunate that both of these young men have become involved in this life style and on is dead while the other faces time in prison. Now 2 young people have died, this man and the Hoffman girl. The risks are the same no matter what color or gender a person may be, drugs many times ends in violence and death. Teach your kids about drugs and sex at very young ages and get more involved in the discussions with them as they grow up. Not all will listen but many more will with parents more involed with them. If this kid commited the shooting, I hope he gets the rest of his life in jail. Maybe his friends will see what can happen and maybe they will change what they are doing.
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