6th St. shooting suspect was targeting his brother-in-law, police say

Endicott McCray (Hays County mugshot from June 3, 2016)
Endicott McCray (Hays County mugshot from June 3, 2016)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — New details from an arrest warrant shed light on what took place before a deadly shooting in downtown Austin, early Sunday morning. At 2:15 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a mass shooting in the 200 block of E. Sixth St.

According to court records, Endicott McCray, 24, got into a fight with his brother-in-law. A friend of McCray’s wife says a group of them were out when she saw McCray’s wife’s brother “shove” McCray. In response, witnesses say McCray pulled out a handgun that he had in his waistband and pointed the gun at his brother-in-law. Police say he fired one shot into the ground, then raised the firearm, turned it sideways and fired “up to four more gunshots.”

Teqnika Moultrie died when shots were fired on Sixth Street in downtown Austin on July 31, 2016. (Courtesy: Moultrie Family)
Teqnika Moultrie died when shots were fired on Sixth Street in downtown Austin on July 31, 2016. (Courtesy: Moultrie Family)

Innocent bystander, Teqnika Marie Moultrie, 30, was shot and killed as she walked down a crowded sidewalk with her wife and friends. Police interviewed Teqnika’s wife, Sabrina, who said they were in Austin visiting friends and decided to go downtown Saturday night. They had just left Voodoo Doughnuts at 212 E. Sixth St. when gunshots rang out. Sabrina said she dived to the ground and turned to see Teqnika with a gunshot wound to her head, according to a police affidavit. Teqnika died at the scene.

Four surviving victims were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with life-threatening and non-life threatening injuries to the chest, thigh, ankle and buttock. One of the injured victims was part of a bachelorette party on Sixth Street that night.

Police are trying to locate and apprehend McCray, whose last listed address was an apartment in San Marcos. The warrant also lists a home in Pflugerville. Anyone with tips on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Austin Police Department’s Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. Once in custody, McCray will be charged with murder and his bond will be at at $2 million.

McCray’s criminal history and recent arrest

Two months ago, on June 4, San Marcos police pulled McCray over along Interstate 35 for a traffic stop when they noticed he was following other vehicles “too closely” and speeding while it was raining. An arrest affidavit shows once McCray was pulled over, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the SUV. The officer’s probable cause search that followed turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as a loaded .38 revolver. The drugs and gun were found under a removable compartment in the center console, the affidavit indicates.

Since McCray spent more than a year in prison for at least one burglary conviction in 2010, McCray was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony.

McCray got out of jail the next day after posting a $6,000 bond on the unlawful possession felony charge. Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, who oversaw his bond, tells KXAN News she did not know McCray was on parole. The judge says several factors played into McCray’s bond amount. Since McCray’s criminal history was considered non-violent and his paperwork showed he lived in San Marcos, she set his bond at a lower amount.

McCray’s time in prison began with his burglary conviction in Travis County in June of 2010. He received a 10-year sentence but served less than two years after Board of Pardons and Paroles staff say he completed a Corrections program in just 11 months. He was eligible for early release in February of 2012, under strict conditions which included staying away from firearms and making an effort to find gainful employment.

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