Detectives have zeroed in on the people behind two recent shootings, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said.
"We know the identities of those involved and have made adjustments to our resources to complete the investigation and keep proactive pressure on those who feel that shooting unarmed women is acceptable behavior within our city," Kahley wrote in a news release. "In fact, these persons have already felt our pressure and will continue to feel it until the violence stops."
One of those women, 31-year-old Glenniece Banks of York City, was shot in the head and critically injured during a large fight about 3 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Rutter's Farm Store and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, near the intersection of Route 30 and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Banks continues to recover in York Hospital, according to police, who said it appears she wasn't involved in the fight.
Large crowd: About 200 people were gathered in the parking lot when the fight erupted, according to Kahley, who said detectives are still trying to speak with most of them.
So far, fewer than 10 of those eyewitnesses have cooperated and spoken with police, said to Lt. Tim Utley, who supervises city detectives.
Of that number, none came forward willingly -- all had to be tracked down by police, he said.
"This is what we're up against almost every time we have a (violent crime)," Utley said. "I don't know if it's due to indifference or due to fear, but it doesn't make the job of solving this any easier."
Kahley encouraged those who saw what happened to come forward, and thanked the few who already talked to detectives. So far, no arrests have been made.
'Take a stand': Fear is understandable, but silence only allows this type of activity to flourish," he wrote. "Safety comes when those considering violence ... believe that the citizens of York are no longer willing to accept this activity."
And while Kahley said anonymous tips are always appreciated, sometimes they're simply not enough.
"Anonymous information helps, but what rids our community of those violent few is a public ... willing to take a stand in order to protect the safety of their family and friends," he said.
Tuesday's shooting: Three people escaped serious injury during the second recent shooting, which happened in the 100 block of Stevens Avenue about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday.
James Abney Jr., 26, of East Cottage Place, was shot in the right shoulder, while Destine Callistro, 18, of Stevens Avenue, was shot in the left arm, Utley has said. Both were treated and released from York Hospital.
It's the second time this summer Abney's been shot.
A 17-year-old from North Hartman Street was shot in the jaw. The small-caliber round broke the skin, but fragmented without penetrating the boy's face, according to Utley.
He said both Callistro and the teenager were about three-quarters of a block away from the shooting scene.
Local 'crews': The same groups of people appear to have been involved in both incidents, according to Utley.
By "groups," Utley means the city's Parkway and south-side "crews," which are loosely organized neighborhood gangs.
The two groups have had ongoing disputes and drive-by shootings for years, one of which ended in the death of 9-year-old Ciara "CeCe" Savage of Lancaster. She was struck with a stray bullet as she played with other children in the 500 block of South Duke Street on Mother's Day 2009.
Anyone with information on either shooting is urged to call city detectives at 849-2219.
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.