Police: Dispute led to fatal shootout at York City park

Liz Evans Scolforo

Two people who exchanged gunfire in Girard Park on Sunday night — killing a York City father of two and wounding two other people — were spurred on by some type of dispute, police said.

Wayne Weedon Jr.
(Photo courtesy of Nakesha Muldrow)

"There was a dispute prior to the shootings," said Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau. "We don't know what that was about, we don't know who was involved."

Bankert said it also remains unclear how victims Wayne Allen Weedon Jr., John Middleton Jr. and a 17-year-old male were involved in the clash.

One man is dead and two were injured in a Sunday evening shooting at Girard Park in York City. Monday April 11, 2016. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

"They were definitely part of the dispute," the lieutenant said. "To what degree, we don't know yet."

It happened at the park's basketball courts, Bankert said.

Weedon, 25, of East Boundary Avenue, was pronounced dead at 7:32 p.m. Sunday at York Hospital, according to the York County Coroner's Office. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

It appears Weedon was shot in the chest, police said.

Middleton, 19, of Dallastown, suffered three gunshot wounds to his leg and back during the 7:05 p.m. gunfire and was in stable condition, police said. Middleton has "clear ties" to York City, according to Bankert.

The 17-year-old, who lives in the suburbs outside York, was shot in the foot, police said. His name was not released because he's a juvenile.

Both Middleton and the teen were treated at York Hospital, Bankert said, adding both are cooperating with detectives.

Shootout: The two shooters were standing approximately 30 yards away from each other, and both were firing 9 mm ammunition, according to Bankert. A total of about 10 shots were fired, he said.

The lieutenant said they know that because investigators found two sets of 9 mm shell casings about 30 yards apart.

Girard Park is about a block from Hannah Penn K-8.

One dead, two others wounded in York City shooting

Bankert said there were groups of people in the park at the time, but that everyone fled before officers arrived, except the three shooting victims.

"We have a good many leads," he said. "Now it's just a matter of working out which are good and which are not."

About Weedon: Weedon had a couple of run-ins with the law in the past, according to court documents.

But his sister, Nakesha Muldrow, said he "was a young man with renewed purpose, promise and direction."

Wayne Weedon Jr.
(Photo courtesy of Nakesha Muldrow)

His change of heart was inspired by his two young children and the unwavering love and support of his family and friends, Muldrow said.

Weedon made news for a Dec. 27, 2013, police chase in York City in which he was accused of deliberately hitting a state police cruiser while trying to flee. His attorney, Seamus Dubbs, said Weedon's actions were reckless but didn't rise to aggravated assault. A jury agreed and acquitted him of that charge.

He was convicted of reckless endangerment, fleeing police, DUI, driving with a suspended license and running a stop sign.

Senior deputy prosecutor Jared Mellott has said he doesn't think Weedon was trying to hurt state troopers. Instead, according to Mellott, Weedon wanted to get away, and at that point "he was willing to get away by any means possible."

After Weedon's sentencing hearing — where he was ordered to spend three to 23 months in county prison — Mellott told The York Dispatch, "He claimed he was turning his life around. Time will tell, I suppose. He has a long road ahead of him to correct himself."

Flawed, but humble: Muldrow said there was far more to her brother than what could be read on court dockets.

"The family recognizes he was a flawed human being like us all," she said.

But Weedon also was a loving son, doting father, devoted little brother, an aspiring technology student and a humble person with a warm heart.

Wayne Weedon Jr. was a doting father of two who was inspired to do better because of them, according to his sister.
(Photo courtesy of Nakesha Muldrow)

He had an infectious laugh and an "unceasing inner light," Muldrow said.

Anyone with information about the shooting incident is asked to call York County Crime Stoppers at (717) 755-TIPS, or call York City Police during normal business hours at (717) 846-1234 or text a tip and "Yorktips" to 847411.

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