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Officer: Mass shooting victim ids suspect

BUFFALO — A homicide investigator says one of eight people shot outside a Buffalo restaurant in August picked shooting suspect Riccardo McCray out of a photo lineup over the weekend — just ahead of the start of McCray’s murder trial.

Buffalo Detective Sgt. Daniel Rinaldo testified at a hearing Monday that victim Tillman Ward made the identification at a county jail where he’s being held on two unrelated weapons charges. Prosecutors say they’ve offered to reduce Ward’s felonies in exchange for testimony.

It was the first time Ward identified McCray since the Aug. 14 shooting that left four dead and four wounded.

Jury selection is set to start Tuesday in McCray’s trial on first- and second-degree murder charges.

McCray says he was at the restaurant but isn’t the shooter.

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