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Three shootings reported in York City Tuesday

Julia Scheib
505-5439/@JuliaDispatch

Two teenage boys were shot within about a block of each other Tuesday afternoon, York City Police said. Both are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at York Hospital.

York City Police are on the scene of a shooting Tuesday in the 600 block of West Princess Street. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

Responders were called to the first incident, which happened in the 100 block of South West Street, at 3:44 p.m., police said. The victim came to the hospital in a private vehicle.

The 911 call for the second incident, which happened just across West Princess Street from the first, near the intersection of South West Street and Heighes Street (an alley), came in at 5:04 p.m., police said.

A third shooting was reported at around 8:58 p.m. in the 100 block of North Duke Street, according to York County 911. No further details were immediately available Wednesday morning.

There have been at least nine shootings in the city within the past week and a half.

"We've had a spate — an increase," said York City Police Chief Wes Kahley at the scene of the second shooting.

The second victim was being treated in an ambulance with flashing lights that sat in the middle of the street near the alley. Police tape marked off the alley's entrance; dozens of residents were out on the sidewalk, and children played on the porches of houses inside the police tape.

The victim in the second shooting suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, Kahley said.

"It looks like someone fired from (South West Street) down the alley," he said.

"We're still gathering information," he said. "But one would assume the two were connected."

The neighborhood: Susie Klugh said she was at her niece's home on South West Street with her 6-year-old daughter when she heard the first set of shots in the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. Her niece's house was one of those in the area taped off after the second shooting, she said.

Shootings are so common, Klugh said, that she has an automatic reaction to the sound of shots.

"I grabbed my daughter and I threw her to the floor," she said. "I threw my daughter and my niece's daughter to the floor automatically. That's what you do. Bullets don't have no names on them."

Klugh lives in the 100 block of South West Street, where the first shooting happened. She said she has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 21 years.

"It's sad. It's really sad, because you're taking other parents' kids from them," she said tearfully. "It used to be just, you know, put your hands up and fight."

Klugh, who has five children, said the area used to be a better place to live.

"I'm worried about my daughter now, going to the corner store in broad daylight. That's not right," she said.

Klugh expressed anger at the violence that seems to have overtaken her neighborhood.

"The statement I want in the paper is, put the guns down. Be a family again like we used to be. Fight with your hands. Put the guns down."

— Reach Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.