Anthony Gilbert
Anthony Gilbert

A York City man accused of shooting another near Penn Park on Friday afternoon fled the area before police arrived, but officers tracked him to a nearby tattoo parlor, where they found him hiding in a back room, charging documents state. The shooting briefly sent two York City schools into lockdown.

Anthony Ray Gilbert, 19, of 527 Thomas St., remains in York County Prison on $90,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license.

He is accused of shooting 22-year-old Khalil Devlin of South Pershing Avenue in the buttocks about 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of West College and Lindberg avenues, York City Police said.

Witnesses to the shooting told officers they saw two men running from the scene.

Tracked on camera: Officer Blake McBride tracked the suspects by checking surveillance videos in the area, police said.

He was able to determine they ran north on South George Street and eventually ran inside Sin on the Skin Tattoo and Piercing at 201 S. George St., documents state.

McBride watched more surveillance footage to determine one of the suspects left the business a short time later, police said.

But he realized one of the wanted men was still inside the tattoo parlor, so he called for backup and the business was searched, documents state.

Inside, police found Gilbert in a room at the back of the parlor.


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He had changed his clothing and was no longer wearing a bright blue T-shirt he'd been seen in earlier, police allege.

Stolen gun found: After arresting Gilbert, officers searched the tattoo parlor and found the bright blue T-shirt on a high shelf in a nearby bathroom, police said. They also found a Glock 9mm handgun tucked beside rolls of toilet paper inside plastic packaging, police said.

The handgun had been stolen from someone in Duncansville, Blair County, police said.

Gilbert also hid a hat he'd been wearing earlier in the day, which police found in another room inside the business, police allege.

A man who answered the phone at Sin on the Skin on Monday said Gilbert told employees he was there to get a tattoo.

Motive unknown: Investigators have not yet said what prompted the shooting.

"We're still trying to figure out the motive," York City Police Capt. Russ Tschopp said.

The shooting sent William Penn Senior High School and McKinley K-8 school into lockdown for about five minutes as a precaution, a school official said.

Anyone with information about the shooting, or the identity of the second man seen fleeing the scene, is asked to call city detectives at (717) 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or anonymously text a tip to YORKTIPS at 847411.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.