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Authorities arrest man wanted in 2008 youth football game shooting

A man suspected of fatally shooting one man and wounding another after a youth football game last year was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies during a routine fare check on a Metrolink train in Santa Clarita, authorities said today.

Deputies on Friday recognized Andrew Lee Thomas, 21, from a Los Angeles police bulletin and questioned him. After Thomas gave a false name, the deputies used a fingerprint verification device to confirm his identity.

Thomas was wanted in the fatal August 2008 shooting of Kyree Rasheen McCray, 28, police said.

The initial incident began with an argument between two groups of people watching a youth football game being played by 9- and 10-year-olds in Reseda Park.

The groups had walked about 200 feet away from the playing field and were still arguing when a man began shooting.

McCray was hit by gunfire, collapsed and later died. A second man, who was wounded in the shooting, has since recovered.

-- Andrew Blankstein

 
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