Police: Teen shooting victim sold drugs

Sean Philip Cotter

Police filed drug charges against an 18-year-old man three days after he suffered life-threatening injuries when he was shot in the head Jan. 9 in York City.

Shyhiem Evonte McDowell, whose address police list as 3977 East Gate Drive in Springettsbury Township, faces felony charges of selling drugs three times in November, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on Tuesday.

The charging documents filed against McDowell allege he sold heroin three times in November — once around 5 p.m. Nov. 17, near the intersection of North Penn and Smyser streets, again after noon two days later near the intersection of North Penn and North streets and around 1 p.m. Nov. 25 near the intersection of Springettsbury and South Queen streets.

16-year-old shooting suspect caught

On each occasion, police say, undercover officers saw him sell the drugs, which were then seized and tested.

York City Police allege 16-year-old Hydiea Banks shot him in the 300 block of Girard Avenue in York City shortly before 10 a.m. Jan. 9. She's charged as an adult with attempted criminal homicide.

She was arrested Wednesday and remains in York County Prison on $500,000 bail, according to online court records. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at District Judge Linda Williams' East Princess Street offices.

Police officers investigate the area around the scene of a shooting in the 300 Block of Girard Avenue.

Police have not yet released information about a motive in the shooting; on Friday, Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises York City Police Department's detective bureau, said police are exploring possible motives.

He declined to comment further.

Police have called McDowell's wounds as "very serious." Bankert said Friday morning that McDowell remains alive in York Hospital in critical condition, but no further information is available about him.

The Tuesday charges were filed by West Manchester Township Police Officer Adam Bruckhart, a member of the York County Drug Task Force. Kyle King, a spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office, which runs the task force, declined to comment on any investigation that may have led to these charges, or on whether McDowell or Hydiea Banks were previously known to the drug task force.

Hydiea Banks

In charging docs filed against her only hours after the shooting, police said Hydiea Banks and McDowell met up in the city and walked around together for a little while about half an hour before the shooting.

— Reach Sean Cotter