About a half-hour before Louis E. Woodyard Jr. was shot Wednesday night in the 400 block of West Princess Street, someone fired gunshots about a block away, York City Police said.

York City detectives said the two incidents preliminarily appear to be related, and they are asking for the public's help in identifying two people who were near the scene around the time of the shootings.

Woodyard, 64, was shot by someone on a bicycle, according to police.

Police said gunshots were fired about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near the corner of South Hartley Street and West Hope Avenue by a bicyclist who fits the description of the red-hat-wearing bicyclist pictured in the photo.

Detectives also want to speak with the man in the white shirt, white hat and dark pants, pictured in one of the two still photos of the bicyclist.

Woodyard, a musician, was shot by someone on a bicycle at 7:07 p.m., according to police.

Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau, described the males as possible suspects in Woodyard's shooting.

Seriously wounded: Bankert said the last hospital update he received had Woodyard still in serious condition.

Detectives have leads they are chasing, Bankert confirmed. He declined to discuss details about the ongoing investigation.

Woodyard was shot at least twice in the torso, the lieutenant has said.

A Facebook post from one of Woodyard's friends states the man was shot three times — in the chest, stomach and leg.

A GoFundMe page set up for Woodyard is no longer accepting donations at the request of Woodyard's family, according to the site.

Anyone who recognizes the two people in the security-camera photos or who has information about Woodyard's shooting is asked to call York City Police at (717) 846-1234 or city detectives at (717) 849-2219. Or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847411.

York County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Woodyard's shooter. Reach Crime Stoppers at (717) 755-TIPS. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential, and callers don't have to give their names to be eligible for rewards.

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

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