Police: Shootout led to York City homicide

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • Rajshi Cox died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the coroner's office.
  • York City Police said evidence at the scene shows at least two people were firing at each other.

At least two people were firing guns at each other during Monday night's homicide in York City, police said.

Rajshi Cox, 43, was found dead in the driver's seat of a car in the 400 block of West King Street about 7:55 p.m., after police responded there for reported gunfire, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Homicide victim Rajshi Cox

An autopsy Tuesday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined Cox died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the office of Coroner Pam Gay, who has ruled the death a homicide.

It has not yet been determined whether Cox was the second person shooting that night, said Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau.

"I don't want to imply that he was shooting, because we don't know that," the lieutenant said. "But we do know there was shooting back and forth."

Bankert said detectives have determined that Cox was not a random victim of gun violence.

"Based on witness statements, we believe he was a targeted victim," the lieutenant said.

No words: Police also learned that there was no confrontation before the gunfire.

"There was no argument, as we typically see, just prior to the shooting," Bankert said.

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Cox's vehicle was being processed for evidence, Bankert confirmed Tuesday afternoon. He said detectives also impounded a second vehicle found at the scene to search it for evidence.

"We think it may have been involved in some way," he said.

Detectives spent Tuesday speaking to more witnesses, verifying information they'd collected and trying to obtain any security video that might exist from the block, according to Bankert. They are following leads, the lieutenant confirmed.

Illegally carried guns: Cox's felony convictions prohibited him from having guns, but he was twice charged in York County with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

In 2008, he was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to drug dealing, conspiracy to deal drugs and illegal firearm possession by a felon, court records state.

In 1995, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and illegal firearm possession by a felon.

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His criminal history as an adult goes back to the mid-1990s, court records show.

Cox entered pleas in two robbery cases in 1994, and he pleaded guilty in 2006 to providing false identification to law enforcement and identity theft.

On parole: Cox spent years in prison and was on state parole when he died, according to Susan McNaughton, press secretary for the state Department of Corrections.

He served three separate stints in state prison and was most recently paroled from SCI Camp Hill on June 29, 2015, she said.

Cox would have remained on state parole until June 2020, according to McNaughton.

His last known address was an apartment in the 900 block of West Princess Street, according to the coroner's office. Bankert said detectives learned that Cox might have been staying with a woman on Madison Avenue.

Anyone with information about Cox's homicide is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234, or anonymously text "yorktips" and then your tip to 847411.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.