Police: York City's latest homicide victim was targeted

Liz Evans Scolforo, 505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

York City detectives are chasing down tips about the homicide of a city man who crashed his car head-on into another vehicle after being shot Sunday night.

Ryan Michael Small, 22, of South Sherman Street, was shot twice in the torso, according to Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city detective bureau.

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Bankert said investigators don't yet know where the shooting happened, but he said that after being shot, Small drove off before causing a crash about 9 p.m. at the intersection of West Princess and Hartley streets.

Officers called to the scene of the crash found Small on the ground and tried to speak with him, the lieutenant said.

"He was saying something they couldn't understand," Bankert said. "It was clear he was in severe pain. There was no way for him to talk."

Small was rushed to York Hospital by ambulance, police said.

He died just after 10 p.m., according to the York County Coroner's Office.

An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital to officially determine cause and manner of death, according to the coroner's office.

Targeted? York City Police have called Small's death a homicide and said he died of his gunshot wounds.

"He was targeted, but I can't tell you why we think that," Bankert said.

The lieutenant also said detectives have received a few leads.

"We're checking the validity of those tips," he said.

The driver in the other car escaped with minor injuries and was not involved in the shooting, according to Bankert.

Anyone with information about the shooting, including where it happened, is urged 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.