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Man arrested in stray-bullet killing of Harlem man walking dog: police

Posted at 6:42 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 07:05:30-04

Winston McKay, fatally shot while walking dog in Harlem on June 10, police say.

HARLEM — A man has been arrested in connection to a stray-bullet shooting that killed a man as he was walking his dog in Harlem back in June, police said Tuesday.

According to authorities, 19-year-old Ozjheir McClain, of Syracuse, was arrested Monday evening and now faces murder charges for the stray-bullet killing.

Police said that while they believe McClain was the man who pulled the trigger in the fatal incident, they are still looking for 20-year-old Eric Bautista, who authorities identified in June as having involvement in the shooting.

Eric Bautista, wanted in connection to a fatal stray-bullet shooting. (NYPD)

Winston McKay, 40, was walking his dog near the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 146th Street just before 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, when he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet, police said at the time.

Surveillance footage released by police showed a man nearby seeming to point a rifle at another man, threatening to shoot him, officials said at the time.

McKay was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounce dead, according to authorities.

His husband, Terry Solomon, told PIX11 News the couple had been celebrating their wedding anniversary earlier that night with friends.

“I had to identify him by his earrings and his wedding ring,” Solomon told PIX11’s Anthony DiLorenzo in June.

Despite Monday’s arrest, police said the investigation remains ongoing.