Documents: Man who fired shots at hotel near Crossgates said he was ‘not going back to jail’
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The man accused of firing shots through a hotel room near Crossgates Mall last Friday told police that he was scared and wasn’t going back to jail.
Chandler M. McCray, 33, was in a fifth-floor room at the Homewood Suites/Tru Hotel in Guilderland when police said he fired rounds from a loaded handgun through his door at about 6:26 a.m. McCray was on the phone with a police crisis negotiator at the time of the incident.
He told the negotiator: “I’m scared. I’m not going back to jail. “I want my lawyer” and hung up the phone, according to court documents.
Police said that they were evacuating the hotel at the time when McCray allegedly fired the shots and he should have known that officers were in the hallway. They announced themselves as police officers.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police recovered two guns – a Taurus 0.40 caliber and a Smith and Wesson 0.38. He is accused of firing both of them.
McCray is facing charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Michael Jurena, of the Albany County Public Defender’s Office, said in an email that it is likely that there will be an indictment in the case on Wednesday based upon his conversations with the District Attorney’s Office.
Attorney Cheryl Botts has been assigned to represent McCray, who is being held in jail without bail.