Police: York City men tried to kill man selling them gun

Sean Philip Cotter

Three York City men face charges that they tried to kill the man who was selling them a gun in an Econo Lodge parking lot in August.

Khafre Raheem Johnson, 23, of 223 W. College Ave., and twin brothers Kristopher Lee Ray and Jordan Adrion Ray, also 23, of 706 Courtland St., face charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to charging documents filed Friday by Northern York County Regional Police. Kristopher Ray and Johnson additionally face charges of illegally carrying a firearm and shooting into an occupied structure.

Kristopher Ray is in York County Prison after having been denied bail, according to prison records. Johnson hasn't been arraigned yet on his charges, but he remains in prison on a state parole violation and $70,000 bail on separate robbery charges, records state. Jordan Ray isn't in jail and hasn't been arraigned on these charges.

Jordan Ray

Police say the three of them and another man, who hasn't been identified but they believe is known as Mouse, went to buy a gun from Myannh Legette about 9 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Econo Lodge parking lot, off Route 30 at 222 Arsenal Road in Manchester Township, where Legette had been staying.

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The sequence of events that led to the shooting was set in motion the day before, when Kristopher Ray and another man, Chance Harrington, realized they were sleeping with the same pregnant woman, according to documents. They were angry at each other at first, police say Harrington told them, but then they talked it out and realized they had something in common: Ray wanted a gun, and Harrington had a friend who was selling one — Legette.

Khafre Johnson

They organized the meetup, where, in the back lot of the Econo Lodge, Ray showed up in a sedan, and several other people rolled up in a white van. As Legette and Ray spoke, the van moved between Harrington and Legette, and someone from it shouted "What's up now, p—," before someone in the van opened fire, documents state Harrington told police.

Facebook messages police viewed confirmed the key parts of Harrington's story, police say. Via the messages, Legette agreed to sell a 9 mm handgun with hollow-point bullets for between $225 and $250.

When police tracked down Jordan Ray, he told them he had gotten his grandmother's white van, rounded up Johnson and Mouse, who had a handgun each and 50 bullets between them, and headed to the motel, according to police.

Kristopher Ray

He told officers that he didn't see much, as bullets started flying right after they pulled up in the back parking lot and he ducked for cover as Johnson and Mouse opened fire, documents state. He told police that he asked Johnson and Mouse why they started shooting, and they told him Legette was reaching for a gun.

Police say surveillance video shows the vehicles pulling away while a man named Justin Martinez returned fire as others outside ran back toward the hotel.

Officers found five bullet holes in the walls of the motel building, according to documents. The Monday after the shooting, bullet holes were visible in cars a ways down the parking lot, and more appeared evident in the pavement around the scene.

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In the days after the shooting, Legette remained in critical condition and had to undergo at least two surgeries at York Hospital, according to police. Documents state he was hit in the torso and the leg. No information about Legette was available at York Hospital on Wednesday night.

Police tracked the Rays' grandmother's van down in a salvage yard; they found a .40-caliber bullet casing and a couple of holes where bullets had struck the vehicle from the outside, documents state.

Police say that they tried to interview Johnson and Kristopher Ray but that neither of them wished to speak to officers.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.