Homicide victim Denzel Turane
Homicide victim Denzel Turane (Courtesy of Facebook)

Homicide victim Denzel Damien Turane should have been sleeping in a York County prison cell early Sunday morning.

Instead, police said, he was gunned down by a teenager at a York City birthday party.

Turane, 18, of West Maple Street, died of multiple gunshot wounds just before 1 a.m. Sunday, York City Police said.

On Friday, Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock issued a warrant for Turane's arrest for failing to report to county prison as ordered, according to court records.

He was supposed to go to prison on Aug. 22, a county official said, but never showed.

This summer, Turane pleaded guilty to charges including receiving stolen property and being a felon in illegal possession of a gun.

Shane Darell Brown, of 610 W.

Shane Brown
Shane Brown
Philadelphia St., Apt. 7, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged as an adult with Turane's homicide. He turned 17 years old on Monday.

2 girls shot: Brown also is charged with one count of attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting two teenage girls, police said.

A 14-year-old York City girl was critically injured when Brown shot her in the chest and arm, police said.

The girl was in stable condition Monday, according to Lt. Tim Utley, who supervises the city detective bureau.

A 16-year-old York City girl suffered a grazing wound to her leg and was treated and released at York Hospital, police said.

Utley said it appears Turane was Brown's intended target and that the girls were hit by stray bullets.

Detectives are still trying to figure out why Brown killed Turane, Utley said.

The background: Brown, Turane and the teenage girls all were at a birthday party at 112 W. Jackson St.

Also at the party were members of the city's south-side and west-end neighborhood "crews," or gangs, but there didn't appear to be any crew-related problems, according to charging documents.

Brown pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired after spotting Turane, police said.

Denzel Turane
Denzel Turane (Courtesy of Facebook)

On Monday morning police were looking for three men, all of them wanted for questioning. But by Monday afternoon, detectives had spoken with two of them, according to Utley.

Six sought: Six people are still being sought for questioning. They are Shamar McCowin, 23, Alante McCowin, 14, Lyntillus Hightower, 20, Alfred Carr, 18, Zyaire Riddick, 18, and Jacquez Barnes, 21, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call city detectives at 849-2219, or call 911.

Turane's defense attorney, Suzanne Smith, described him as a nice guy who indicated he wanted to turn his life around.

"When he was in court last, he spoke very openly and honestly to Judge Trebilcock," Smith said. "He talked about changing his life and getting it together. ... It was difficult because of his past, and because of where he lived."

Sounded 'sincere': Turane said he was trying to find a job and earn his GED, according to his attorney.

"I thought he was going to turn it around," Smith said. "He sounded incredibly sincere. He sounded like he really meant it."

Prior case: Turane pleaded guilty June 1 to receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal firearm possession by a convicted felon, according to court records. The charges stemmed from his possession of a stolen gun.

Trebilcock sentenced him on July 18 to a year minus a day to two years minus two days in York County Prison, followed by a year of probation, and gave him about a month to report to prison, records state.

Turane never did.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.