A York City man was shot to death in the city near Farquhar Park on Thursday afternoon, authorities say.

Dontay Lamar Lowrie, 21, suffered several gunshot wounds in the 400 block of Park Street, and later died at York Hospital, according to a news release from York City Police.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired around the 400 block of Park Street shortly after 2 p.m., and very shortly after that, Lowrie showed up at the hospital in a private vehicle, police say. He was pronounced dead in the hospital's trauma bay shortly after arriving there, the coroner's office said.

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Officers found several shell casings in the middle of the street that appeared to have been fired from a semi-automatic pistol, according to York City Police.Officers kept the area around the intersection of Park Street and Park Place cordoned off by yellow police tape until almost 4:30 p.m. Yellow markers numbered one through seven marked places in the middle of the intersection where officers, picking their way carefully around the unusually high snow banks, had collected evidence.

Linda Ressler lives right near the scene of the shooting; she said she heard one shot, but she said someone she lives with heard around six. After the shots rang out, they looked out the window.

"I saw two guys running away up the street," she said.

They ran up the street toward Farquhar Park before turning onto Elm Terrace and vanishing from sight, Ressler added.

Officers on scene said they didn't know of anyone taken into custody in connection with the shooting, in which they believe the dead man was the only person hurt.

The coroner's office has scheduled an autopsy for the victim for 8 a.m. Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital to determine officially the man's cause and manner of death. If the coroner's office rules this a homicide, which is how police are investigating it, it will be York County's second and the city's first of 2016.

The department continues to investigate; anyone with information is encouraged to call York City Police at (717) 846-1234 or the department's detective bureau at (717) 849-2219.

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