Shane Brown
Shane Brown

A York City teen will be tried as an adult for allegedly firing gunshots at a party that killed a man and wounded two teenage girls.

Shane Darell Brown, 17, of 610 W. Philadelphia St., Apt. 7, remains in county prison without bail, charged with first-and third-degree murder, attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, illegal firearm possession by a felon, illegal firearm possession by a minor and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Brown is accused of the Oct. 7 shooting death of Denzel Damien Turane, 18, of West Maple Street. He also is accused of critically wounding a 14-year-old girl by shooting her in the chest and arm.

Brown also shot the girl's 16-year-old sister, who suffered a grazing wound to her leg, according to York City Police.

Homicide victim Denzel Turane
Homicide victim Denzel Turane

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

Birthday party: 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 court documents.

About 12:50 a.m., Brown pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired after spotting Turane, police said.

Brown's defense attorney, Karen Comery, petitioned the court to have Brown's case moved to juvenile court.

The shootings happened one day before his 17th birthday.

'Not surprised': At a Tuesday-morning hearing, Common Pleas Judge Michael Flannelly ruled Brown should be tried as an adult.

"We're not surprised ... given the severity of the charges," Comery said. "He has an extensive juvenile record."

Flannelly heard testimony about the issue on June 24 and 28 before issuing his ruling.

Brown maintains his innocence, according to Comery.

"Our fight will be at trial," she said.

A status hearing for Brown is set for July 29, Comery said.

Senior deputy prosecutor Dave Maisch said he's pleased with the ruling.

He said he believes the case should be handled in adult court for several reasons, including because multiple people were shot and because of Brown's criminal record.

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