Police: 5 shot in York City in past week

Sean Philip Cotter

Five York City people have been shot in the past week in what seem to be unrelated incidents, according to York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert.

Two people were shot Thursday night, one on South Charles Street at Princess Street, and another on Jefferson Avenue, Bankert said. That's after one person each were shot Wednesday evening, early Wednesday morning and Saturday evening, according to police.

Police look for shell casings near the scene of a York City shooting Thursday night.

All of the injuries the victims suffered were not life threatening, and no one has been arrested in connection with any of them, Bankert said.

He said all the victims have been uncooperative.

"Suspect information is vague at best," he said.

But that's where the similarities end — Bankert said it appears all the shootings are unrelated. They've been committed with different guns in different places around the city, he said.

"On the surface, (the shootings) appear to have no association," he said.

He said York City Police continue to investigate the incidents, and they've also checking for any possible connections between them.

"We’re working on some data analysis right now" to see if there's anything to tie any of them together, Bankert said. "We're mapping it out."

And if that comes to nothing, they'll expand their analysis to a wider time frame, maybe compiling data on all shootings in the months to see if any connections begin to emerge, he said.

The incidents: The Saturday shooting occurred in the 700 block of West Mason Avenue around 6 p.m.

Then, early Wednesday morning, police found a gunshot victim near the intersection of Smyser and North Newberry streets; Bankerts said the victim had been shot down the block from there.

Then, shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, a teenager suffered a graze wound to the face in a shooting in the 700 block of South George Street.

On Thursday, one person suffered gunshot wounds to the hands — suggesting the person had put them up in front of themself in self defense — on Jefferson Avenue at North Pershing Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday, police said.

Bankert said that was followed by another shooting a few hours later on Edison Avenue, where a victim suffered a graze wound to the neck from a bullet.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents can call York City Police at 846-1234.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.