Autopsy on York High football player confirms multiple gunshot wounds
THURSDAY, OCT. 27 UPDATE:
An autopsy Thursday on the body of Eugene "Boobie" Hillian IV at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital confirmed the high school senior died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release from York County Coroner Pam Gay.
His death has been ruled a homicide, according to Gay's news release.
A York High football player who suffered five gunshot wounds to the chest Tuesday night was not gunned down at random, according to York City Police.
"He was targeted," said Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city detective bureau.
Bankert declined to go into specifics about why police believe Eugene "Boobie" Hillian IV wasn't a random shooting victim.
"We have several theories," he said. "None of them has been confirmed."
Hillian, 18, of Girard Avenue, was fatally shot at 8:13 p.m. in the first block of East Maple Street.
Bankert said Hillian has family members who live in the neighborhood.
An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Crowd 'aggressive': The lieutenant said a large crowd of people was in the block when officers arrived, and it's believed there were witnesses to the homicide. But no one in the crowd stepped forward to give police any information, he said.
"It was a very aggressive crowd of 50-plus people," said Bankert.
People were yelling and screaming at patrol officers and "testing the lines of the crime scene," he said. Officers responded by expanding the perimeter of the scene a couple of times to keep the crowd farther away from the active investigation. Eventually, the crowd was pushed back to Duke Street.
No arrests were made because the crowd's aggression didn't rise to the level of a crime, according to Bankert.
The lieutenant urged anyone with information to come forward and said people who text tips can't be identified.
"The 411 tips line is completely anonymous," Bankert said. "We have no idea who sends those tips, and I have no way of researching who sends them."
Family member: People at the scene told The York Dispatch that one of Hillian's female family members tried to approach his body at the scene and was struck by police with flashlights.
But Bankert said it didn't happen.
"That rumor is completely false," he said.
The family member did not return messages seeking comment.
York City Police Chief Wes Kahley on Wednesday afternoon said he reviewed footage from officers' body cameras after learning about the allegation.
"She was not beaten," the chief said. "She rushed the crime scene several times and was prevented from entering. Our officers understood why she was acting the way she was and treated her very respectfully. But they had to physically keep her from entering the crime scene ... to keep her from disturbing evidence."
Kahley said anyone who feels they've been mistreated by city police can file a complaint and it will be investigated.
Football player: Hillian was a senior at William Penn Senior High School and played on the Bearcats football team, according to Erin James, spokeswoman for the York City School District.
She said counselors have been made available to students and staff members who'd like help dealing with Hillian's death.
James declined further comment, except to extend condolences to his family and loved ones.
A school employee who asked not to be named confirmed Hillian played the positions of wide receiver and defensive back on the high school's junior varsity team.
Family members gathered at Hillian's home on Wednesday morning declined immediate comment.
His sister, Shontale Calloway, has started an online fundraising campaign for funeral expenses and is seeking $5,000. To help, go to GoFundMe.com and search for Burial for Boobie.
Anyone with information about Hillian's homicide is asked to call York City Police at (717) 846-1234. Or anonymously text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411.
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