York City police officers were called to Jefferson Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the body of 21-year-old Jordan Breeland, who suffered
York City police officers were called to Jefferson Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the body of 21-year-old Jordan Breeland, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. (John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Jordan Breeland -- who survived being shot in the stomach two years ago during a clash between two rival gangs -- died Tuesday night after being shot in York City during another gang confrontation, police said.

York City officers found Breeland, 21, in a car in the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue shortly after 10:30 p.m., police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley.

An autopsy at noon today in Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital is expected to confirm his cause and manner of death, the coroner's office said.

Breeland and Devon Brown were shot in the 200 or 300 block of West Gay Avenue during a clash between members of the Parkway and south-side gangs, according to Capt. Russ Tschopp, who supervises the city detective bureau.

The captain said detectives are still trying to determine how many people fired guns during the confrontation.

After being shot, the men made their way to Jefferson Avenue in a vehicle, Tschopp said.

Second victim: Brown, 19, of Harrisburg, was shot in the hand, according to Tschopp. He was taken to York Hospital in a private vehicle for treatment.

Brown's hospital condition could not be obtained Wednesday.

Breeland was shot in the chest and is believed to have been a member of the Parkway gang, the captain said.

He has addresses in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue and the 100 block of East Boundary Avenue, officials said.


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Officers pulled Breeland from the vehicle and performed CPR until an ambulance crew arrived, but they were unable to revive him, according to Tschopp.

Officers did not find a weapon on Breeland, and Brown left the scene before officers arrived, police said.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning, but Tschopp said detectives are following leads.

'Aunt' grieves: Janette Snyder sobbed as she approached the scene where Breeland's body was found.

Snyder, 39, of York, referred to herself as Breeland's aunt, explaining that Breeland's mother has been her best friend since they were 12 years old.

"It wasn't supposed to end this way for Jordan," Snyder said. "I want him to get up, say something funny, let me make him shepherd's pie -- his favorite. But not this."

Snyder said she helped raise Breeland from his childhood.

"I fed him his bottle, changed his diapers," she said. "He lived with me. He confided in me. He and my son were raised together like brothers. He was a jokester all the time.

"I'm not saying my nephew is a saint, but come on now," she said. "This is terrible. It didn't have to end like this."

Snyder said Breeland had served time in state prison, but had obtained his GED and was working toward improving his life.

Shot before: He had gotten into some trouble over the years.

Breeland was 18 years old when he was shot Sept. 13, 2011, outside the York Fair during what police at the time called gang-related violence.

It was Student Day at the fair, and several members of the rival groups had gone there, police said at the time.

In the days before that shooting, York City Police arrested Breeland and charged him with dealing cocaine.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call detectives at (717) 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or anonymously text a tip to YORKTIPS at 847411.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.