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Police believe McKinney shooting was a gang hit

By Rusty Marks, Staff writer and Travis Crum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston police believe last week’s fatal shooting of Tymel McKinney was a gang hit.

McKinney, 19, was shot multiple times in the face on April 23 as he sat on the porch of his Sixth Street home.

Mark Gaddy, 23, and a 17-year-old juvenile, both from Detroit, were arrested the next day and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting. U.S. marshals picked up a third man, Darrell Emmett “D.J.” Carter Jr., 18, of Charleston, on Saturday and also charged him with murder in connection with the shooting.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Carter told police the shooting was gang-related.

“The reason behind the shooting was about disrespect against his gang Sex-Money-Murder,” the criminal complaint says. Carter told police he had received orders for a hit on McKinney from a superior in the SMM/7 Mile Blood gang from Detroit, according to the complaint.

Charleston Police Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper said neither Gaddy nor the arrested juvenile from Detroit admits to being members of a gang. However, both have tattoos normally associated with the 7 Mile Blood gang, Cooper said.

Cooper said he did not know what, if anything, McKinney might have done to disrespect gang members. He does not believe McKinney had any gang connections. According to the Kanawha County Magistrate Clerk’s office, McKinney had no criminal record.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, the Sex Money Murder gang and the 7 Mile Blood gang are associated with the Bloods, an association of structured and unstructured gangs that have adopted a single gang culture.

According to the criminal complaint, Carter told police he and Gaddy both went to McKinney’s home, but Carter denied shooting McKinney.

A witness to the shooting said Gaddy — described in the complaint as a dark-skinned black man — pulled out a silver-colored handgun but froze up and did not fire the weapon. The other man — described as a light-skinned black man — pulled out a dark-colored pistol and fired multiple times, the complaint says.

Police recovered a dark-colored .40 caliber Glock 23 pistol following the shooting, as well as 17 spent .40 caliber shell casings. A Glock 23 pistol magazine usually only holds 13 rounds, but the pistol recovered after the shooting was equipped with an extended magazine with a capacity of 22 rounds, the criminal complaint says.

Carter denies being the one with the Glock, according to the criminal complaint. He told police he threw the Glock away after the shooting in a yard not far from the scene, but said Gaddy gave him the gun as both were running away.

McKinney’s mother, Deanna, is holding a march on Wednesday called “Guns Down, Hands Up to Pray.” The goal of the march, she said, is to call for an end to violence in Charleston. There will be meetings at Grace Bible Church on Charleston’s West Side and at First Baptist Church on the East End at 5 p.m. People will then march to Haddad Riverfront Park, where a rally will take place at 6 p.m.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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