Shamar McCowin
Shamar McCowin

Homicide detectives in York City searched for Shamar A. McCowin for six weeks.

At first, he simply was wanted for questioning in the Oct. 7 shooting death of Denzel Damien Turane.

When the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force found McCowin last Tuesday while arresting Malcolm Mansour Bull, they brought him in too.

But McCowin declined to discuss Turane's homicide and detectives were forced to release him, according to Lt. Tim Utley, who supervises city detectives.

Now they're searching for McCowin again, and this time not just for questioning.

According to police, McCowin and Bull are behind the Nov. 6 carjacking and homicide of Edward Leon Green.

Utley said he's not surprised when detectives learn someone suspected of a violent crime is connected to other violent crimes as well.

Malcolm Bull
Malcolm Bull

"The same names keep coming up over and over again," he said.

Confession? Bull confessed their alleged involvement to detectives on Friday, saying McCowin was the one who fired repeatedly at Green during the robbery, Utley said.

Detectives have charged Bull, 18, of 609 N. Hartley St., with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, robbery and tampering with evidence. He remains in county prison without bail.

They filed the same charges against McCowin, as well as a charge of being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

McCowin, 23, of 250 S. Penn St., remains on the lam.

The allegations: Police said McCowin and Bull were walking behind the intersection of Hope Avenue and Green Street, near the 400 block of West Princess Street, looking for someone to rob, when they spotted Green sleeping in his car.

McCowin opened the front passenger door and started shooting at Green, who took off running and yelling for help, police said. McCowin fired several more times at Green, then he and Bull jumped into Green's Toyota Camry and took off, according to police.

Green, 46, died of multiple gunshot wounds. He was staying with friends in the area and was sleeping in his car, police said.

During his confession, Bull told officers he thought they would simply rob Green and didn't know McCowin would shoot him, according to police, who said Green put up no struggle.

They drove Green's car to the rear of the 400 block of West College Avenue, where McCowin torched the Camry's interior, police said.

Second shooting: Bull also confessed to shooting Ronald Rhoades, 24, of Marbrook Lane, about 12:20 p.m. Nov. 5 at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Lincoln Street in York City, police said.

For that, Bull is charged with attempted homicide and related offenses.

Rhoades was shot in the back of the leg and suffered a minor gunshot wound to the back of his head, police said. He told officers he didn't know who shot him.

Turane death: Police had wanted to speak with McCowin about the Oct. 7 shooting death of Denzel Turane, 18, of West Maple Street, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Shane Darell Brown, 17, remains in prison without bail, charged as an adult with Turane's homicide.

Two girls suffered gunshot wounds when Brown allegedly opened fire during a party inside 112 W. Jackson St.

Detectives have said McCowin attended the party with Brown.

Anyone with information about McCowin's whereabouts is urged to call city detectives at 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, 849-2204. Or text a tip to 847411, "YORKTIPS."

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