Man charged in Old City street brawl was arrested on gun charges in May

Christopher McRae, 28, is facing charges for his role in a brawl outside an Old City bar in the early-morning hours of Jan. 13. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)
Christopher McRae, 28, is facing charges for his role in a brawl outside an Old City bar in the early-morning hours of Jan. 13. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)
Posted: January 16, 2013

A CAMDEN MAN accused of firing a gun during a street brawl early Sunday in Old City is an alleged gun trafficker facing indictment in New Jersey.

Christopher McRae, 28, was charged with resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and gun offenses for his alleged role in a melee at 2nd and Chestnut streets Sunday morning.

On May 23, he was arrested after allegedly selling a military-style rifle and other firearms on a Camden street. In that case, New Jersey State Police accused him of illegally selling an AK-47 assault rifle, a Glock 9mm pistol, a Hi Point .40-caliber pistol and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver.

He posted bail, and his case will be presented to a state grand jury for possible indictment, said Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the New Jersey attorney general. Aseltine and New Jersey State Police declined to release further details.

During the Old City incident, officers on patrol at 2nd and Chestnut heard gunfire about 2:20 a.m. and sprinted up the block, where a street brawl was under way. As the officers tried to break up the fight, a man pointed to McRae and told the officers: "He shot at me!"

When an officer grabbed McRae, a black handgun tumbled from his waistband, and police used a Taser to subdue him, police said. But the shock appeared to have no effect, and he ran, police said.

Officers caught up to him close by and arrested him. He was being held on $300,000 bail and, according to court records, faces a Jan. 29 preliminary hearing.

Video posted on YouTube of the brawl - in which some participants attack a car and try to knock out its windows - had about 3,000 views by Monday afternoon.


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