Police say York shooter hid evidence with friend's help

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Police said after a York City felon shot a man on New Year's Day, he and his buddy tried to conceal evidence of the shooting by hiding it under the bed of the buddy's 8-year-old daughter.

In addition to spent shell casings the two allegedly took from the crime scene, officers searching the buddy's apartment also found seven guns — three of them reportedly stolen — and a "significant" amount of ammunition, police said.

Chayanne Ramirez

Chayanne Ramirez, 27, of 350 S. Queen St., remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with aggravated assault, being a felon in illegal firearm possession and tampering with physical evidence. Police allege he fired the shot that wounded York City resident Rahun Page.

Bail also was denied to Ramirez's buddy, and now co-defendant, Eric Keith Rivers.

Rivers, 32, of 46 E. Cottage Place, Apt. 2, is charged with one count each of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence, seven counts of being a felon in illegal firearm possession and three counts of receiving stolen property for the allegedly stolen guns.

Police were called to the area of South Duke Street and East Cottage Place about 7:45 a.m. Sunday for a report of gunfire with a possible shooting victim, according to Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau.

Officers later found the 35-year-old Page at York Hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to his left arm, Bankert said. Page's wound isn't life-threatening, and he was in stable condition, according to the lieutenant.

The allegations: Bankert said Page and Ramirez were at a party in Rivers' building when Page got into an argument with someone.

Ramirez somehow became involved in the argument, and it's believed he shot Page either on the front porch of 46 E. Cottage Place or in front of the building, the lieutenant said.

Eric Keith Rivers

Rivers was with Ramirez at the time of the shooting and drove him away from the scene afterward, charging documents allege.

Because officers didn't have an exact address, and because Page was taken to the hospital right away in a private vehicle, officers needed to determine what happened and where, Bankert said.

That gave Rivers and Ramirez time to return to Rivers' building shortly after fleeing the area, according to police.

They cleaned up spent shell casings in front of Rivers' home, then hid them under the bed of Rivers' 8-year-old daughter, charging documents allege.

Body armor: Armed with a search warrant, York City officers searched Rivers' apartment and found the shell casings, police said.

Also found and seized were ceramic-plated body armor and seven guns, three of which were reported stolen and one of which had its serial number rendered unreadable, charging documents state.

Most of the items seized were found under the bed of Rivers' young daughter, police said.

Ramirez and Rivers are convicted felons, according to police, meaning they are not allowed to own or even hold firearms.

August shooting: Ramirez was the victim of gun violence last summer.

Officers were called to the 200 block of East King Street on Aug. 12 for complaints of gunfire, and the officers heard more gunfire after arriving, Bankert has said.

They found Ramirez nearby with gunshot wounds to his head and the back of his legs, according to Bankert.

He was uncooperative with investigators, police have said.

Anyone who witnessed Sunday morning's shooting or has information about it is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234, or anonymously text "yorktips" and your tip to 847411.

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