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Police: York City shooting victim was targeted
A York City man shot on Kurtz Avenue Sunday morning not far from his home was targeted, according to police, and has refused to cooperate with investigators.
Pa'ron Rice, who turns 22 later this month, was shot at least once in the hip and buttocks area, according to York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city's detective bureau.
Rice's condition at York Hospital could not be obtained Monday, but Bankert said Rice was in stable condition later on Sunday and is expected to survive.
The shooting happened about 10:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue, police said. Rice lives on Kurtz Avenue, close to where he was shot, police confirmed.
Bankert said investigators believe Rice was targeted, but the theory hasn't been confirmed.
No cooperation: That's because officers have been met with an "absolute, complete" lack of cooperation from Rice, his family and witnesses, the lieutenant said.
Because no one will cooperate with police, it's not yet known for sure whether it was a drive-by shooting, and whether there was more than one shooter, Bankert said.
Bullets struck a vehicle in the area, he confirmed.
Police do believe they know why Rice was targeted, according to Bankert.
"But it's all speculation at this point," he said.
Rice pleaded guilty in 2012 to felony drug dealing and was sentenced to three to six years in prison, according to court records.
Public safety: Bankert said it's important to investigate shootings even when victims don't want police involved because York City can't have people "shooting at each other on the street" with no repercussions and no fear of being arrested.
"It goes toward overall public safety," he said.
Bankert said the bulk of York City's violence is perpetrated by a handful of people who police call chronic offenders.
"We may have multiple shootings, but we have very few offenders," he said. "And that's who we try to focus on."
Incidents connected: The lieutenant confirmed detectives believe Rice's shooting is connected with two shooting incidents that happened on April 10 in the same block where Rice was shot.
Shortly after midnight that day, someone shot up a house in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue, police said.
Then about 2 a.m., police were called to York Hospital to speak with a man who was shot in the leg in that block, apparently during a robbery, police have said.
Anyone with information about Rice's shooting, or any unsolved York City shooting, is asked to call York City Police during normal business hours at (717) 846-1234, or call York County Crime Stoppers at (717) 755-TIPS. Or text a tip to "Yorktips" to 847411.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com.