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York City girl facing attempted homicide trial, charged as an adult
A 16-year-old York City girl charged as an adult with attempted homicide is now facing trial for allegedly shooting a man in the head.
Hydiea Banks, of 512 Prospect St., on Tuesday morning waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Linda Williams, according to court records.
York City Police allege Banks shot 18-year-old Shyhiem McDowell in the head about 9:50 a.m. Jan. 9.
McDowell was in a rear yard of a home in the 300 block of Girard Avenue at the time, according to police.
About 20 minutes before the shooting, McDowell told people he was leaving a Rockdale Avenue home to walk a female friend “out east.” The two of them walked from that street at about that time, according to police.
About 10 minutes before the shooting, surveillance video captured McDowell and a girl wearing glasses and a hooded sweatshirt standing outside Pak’s Grocery Store at 750 E. Princess St., charging documents state. There, they met up with a man wearing all black; and he and the girl left, according to documents, which state McDowell headed in the same direction.
On video: A few minutes later, cameras on Girard Avenue recorded video of the three of them walking into a breezeway off Girard Avenue that leads back to the yard where McDowell was shot, documents state.
The camera shows the man who joined them at the store dashing away, and then the girl running away shortly after that, police said.
A witness told officers the man ran from the breezeway shortly before a single gunshot rang out, documents state. A different witness told police they heard the gunshot and then saw a person in a hoodie running from the scene while trying to tuck something into the waistband of the person’s pants.
Police received tips that the female with McDowell that morning was Banks, according to documents.
Gun seized: City officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Service tracked down Banks four days after the shooting, in a home in the 400 block of West Philadelphia Street, police said.
She resisted arrest, according to police, who said there was a gun within her reach. That gun is believed to be the weapon used to shoot McDowell, police said.
Banks' defense attorney, Lori Yost, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Victim's condition: The York County District Attorney's office declined to discuss McDowell's condition.
"We will not be commenting on the condition of Shyhiem McDowell out of respect for his family," DA's office spokesman Kyle King wrote in a text. "His condition will be subject to public record at the time of trial or final disposition."
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com.