York City Police: Man in critical condition after overnight shooting


Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Saturday, a few neighbors stood about 10 feet back from the remnants of what had been the scene of a shooting a little more than 10 hours earlier, speculating about what had transpired the night before in the 300 block of East King Street.

Helen Evans said she heard gunshots and came out to see a young man lying on the ground, paramedics tending to him as he struggled to breathe.

"He was lying right there in the bike lane," she said, indicating area next to a portion of the parking lane that was a mess of car crash debris and police spray paint.

York City Police said in a news release that Miquez R. Johnson was shot shortly before 11 p.m. Friday.

Officers on patrol heard gunshots in that area at that time. A search turned up Johnson, who apparently had been shot in his car, according to a news release from the department.

As of 4 a.m. Saturday, he remained in critical condition at York Hospital, according to police.Shortly after 8 a.m., a York Hospital nursing supervisor told The York Dispatch they had no information available about Johnson.

The neighbors checking out the scene Saturday morning asked people walking past if they knew what happened. No one shared much — everyone had heard the shots, but didn't know anything further.

Helen Evans said a car crashed there at the time of the shooting. The debris — pieces of brake light, shards of plastic and glass — as well as the spray-paint marks police put on the ground during crash investigations indicate the same.

Evans said this kind of violence happens too often in that area. Her mind immediately goes to Patrick Winter, who was shot to death after a party on that block in June 2014 at age 17. His alleged killer, Leonard Anthony Green III, will be tried as an adult, though he was 14 at the time of the shooting.

She said one issue on the block is that there's only on streetlight, so it gets dark.

"It's inky black at night," said Evans, who's lived there since 1969. "You can't see nothing."

York City Police continue to investigate the shooting. Anybody with any information is encouraged to call York City Police at 846-1234 or 755-TIPS.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.