Teen accused of opening fire on graduation party and killing another teen

May 24th, 2010 by admin

Tampa, Florida — One person was arrested Sunday night in connection with a deadly graduation party shooting earlier in the day.

Hillsborough County deputies say 18-year-old Khayri McCray fired shots into a crowd at the party off of Bloomingdale Avenue early Sunday morning.

Three people were shot, including 18-year-old Devante Dallas, who was killed.

Deputies say that the graduation party, with a guest list of 70 people, grew to a crowd of over 300.

Loved ones describe Dallas, a senior at Durant High School, as quiet, calm and respectful.

Family members say Dallas finished up classes in December and planned to walk the stage as part of the commencement ceremony in just a week and a half.

“I love him. He was my first born and I’m going to miss him, because he was very respectful. He loved his mother. Anyone that ran into him loved him,” said his mother, Surceray Dean.

Tommy Robinson, Dallas’ cousin, says they were dancing and having a good time when the fight broke out.

“The fighting escalated to the outside and then it escalated into guns and then shooting,” said Robinson, who witnessed the shooting. Robinson was standing next to Dallas when he was shot.

A Facebook post by Jeff Thomas, who was the student hosting the party, describes what may have led up to the shooting.

It reads in part, “everybody was in the building dancing and havin a good time…then some Spoto boys pushed somebody…then they started fighting…then somebody went to the car and got a gun.”

Deputies confirm McCray is a Senior at Spoto High School.

He faces a second degree murder charge.

Deputies say the other two shooting victims have been released from the hospital.

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