York City Police probing homicide victim's criminal past


York City's most recent homicide victim ran inside a building after being shot just before 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of East Cottage Place, police said.

Andrew Heyward Jackson, 23, whose last-known address was on Walnut Street, died in the hallway, according to Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau.

Bankert said Jackson didn't live in the building where he died and declined to say whether Jackson had a connection to anyone in the building.

Detectives are chasing down leads and interviewing witnesses, he said, adding that at this point it appears there was one shooter at the scene.

"Our leads are based on his previous criminal activity," Bankert said, but he declined to go into specifics until an arrest is made.

"We are not ruling anything out," he said.

Past charges: Jackson's criminal history in York County includes being charged with attempted homicide for a York City shooting, being charged with dealing drugs and being charged with illegally possessing a weapon.

The shooting charges were dismissed for lack of evidence, according to court records. The drug-dealing charge was dropped when he pleaded guilty to a lesser offense, and in the weapons case he pleaded guilty to possessing, selling or making an offensive weapon and two counts of child endangerment, records state.

Bankert confirmed officers responding to the scene found drugs and money in the block, but it's not yet clear whether those items are related to Jackson's death.

Jackson was originally from New York and recently lived in York City, where it's believed he stayed with different people, according to the lieutenant.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to the York County Coroner's Office, which is expected to rule on Jackson's cause and manner of death after the autopsy.

Increased gunfire: York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said the number of shootings and gunfire incidents in the city has increased recently.

"We've had an uptick in activity in the last week or week-and-a-half that we hadn't seen all year," he said. "There's a reason there's been an uptick, and we're piecing it all together."

Kahley declined to give specifics at this point, but did say not all the incidents are related.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call York City Police at (717) 846-1234, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or text a tip to "YORKTIPS" at 847411.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.