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Arizona hit man allegedly shot wrong person at recording studio in murder-for-hire plot, police say

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Source: MEGA; Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Jan. 7 2022, Published 7:27 p.m. ET

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An alleged hired hit man in Arizona is accused of shooting the wrong target in a botched murder-for-hire plot, authorities said.

On the evening of Nov. 28, police said, six people were playing dice for about an hour at Block Recording Studio in Glendale, KPHO-TV reported.

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According to court documents obtained by the station, surveillance video recovered from the area of the crime scene allegedly shows Trayvon Love Gray II, 35, meeting Julian McCoy at a smoke shop near the studio.

McCoy allegedly warned others at the studio “that something was about to go down” where the six men were congregated. A witness told police McCoy asked for Gray to be let into the dice players’ locked studio. When denied, McCoy succeeded in getting another person to open it up for Gray.

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Gray, who was armed, appeared to be “focusing on one specific individual in the group,” police said in court documents, and video allegedly shows him “very deliberately nodding his head towards McCoy.”


Gray allegedly fired his gun twice, but instead of hitting the person he had focused on he hit the victim. Gray and McCoy, who was at the door to the studio, then fled the studio, police said.

The victim later told detectives the intended target and McCoy were involved in an “ongoing feud,” police said.

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Authorities arrested McCoy in Las Vegas shortly after the attempted murder. McCoy allegedly admitted to meeting with Gray but denied he had anything to do with the shooting at the studio. Charges against Mccoy are unclear, KPHO-TV reported.

On Jan. 5, Gray was taken into custody in Phoenix and he currently faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, according to the station. He is being held without bond.


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