Update: York City Police seek man in connection with Saturday morning homicide


York City Police are seeking Kameron Edward Linwood Orr in connection with the Saturday morning homicide of Ruby Mercado, according to police.

Police say Orr, 24, of York City, is considered to be armed and dangerous; there's already a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a separate shooting incident from earlier this month, according to Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the department's detective bureau.

Mercado, 27, of the 600 block of West Market Street, was killed in the 200 block of North Hartley Street, York City Police confirmed. Police have ruled the death a homicide.

When the lights started flashing early Saturday morning in front of Rodney Howell's home, he knew something was wrong.

The York City resident got up and found out he was right - the news wasn't good.

Police officers told him his stepdaughter, Ruby Mercado, had been shot to death.

"It hits you all at once," he said, sitting on the stoop of his West Market Street home at around noon Saturday, surrounded by family and friends.

The mother of two was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the York County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Howell said Mercado's biggest love was her two children, a boy, 7, and a little girl, 4.

"They were her joy," he said. "Her most important priority."

Mercado was originally from Hanover. She and her children had moved back in with Howell and her mother in York City to save money.

She was recently a manager at Taco Bell and was getting ready to start a new job at a McDonald's, Howell said.

Investigating: York City Police continue to investigate the shooting. Bankert said police responded at about 3 a.m. to reports of a woman slumped over in a van. When they arrived, they discovered found Mercado dead, shot multiple times.

As of Sunday night, Orr had not been charged with anything related to Saturday's shooting. Bankert said Orr knew Mercado, but that he couldn't provide any more information about their relationship at this time.

According to the York Dispatch archives, Orr is well known to local law enforcement. Aside from the aggravated assault charges he faces from the active warrant, Orr was arrested in Cumberland County in 2014, and was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm without a license after officers said they found a stolen gun in his vehicle. Additionally, Orr, who in 2014 was identified as living in Dover Township, was shot twice in the back in September 2013.

Brenda Stephens, a York City native, said Mercado was a lovely woman she got to know only a few months ago.

"Such a beautiful soul," she said at about noon Saturday. "It's sad to hear this."

Stephens, who was visiting her family from Virginia, was helping console Mercado's family.

Anyone with information about Orr's whereabouts or the shooting should call the York City Police Department at (717) 846-1234.

- Contact reporter Sara Blumberg at sblumberg@yorkdispatch.com; contact Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.