York City homicide prompts gun arrests

The Tuesday afternoon homicide of Elizabeth Grisel Vega-Tirado, 48, prompted five gun arrests this week, according to York City Police.

Police said recent robberies prompted actions that were planned before the homicide. After the shooting death of Vega-Tirado, more details were planned and followed through, according to a release from the department.

Three juveniles were arrested on gun possession charges because of the operations, police said.

A police operation done Wednesday also resulted in two more people being arrested for drug possession, according to police.

Homicide: Vega-Tirado was discovered lying on the street in the 600 block of West Princess Street at 3:40 p.m. with a gunshot wound, police said.

She was transported to York Hospital and was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. in the Trauma Surgical ICU, according to the York County Coroner's Office. An autopsy conducted Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown determined Vega-Tirado's death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head, with the manner homicide.

A shooting was reported Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of West King Street and Belvidere Avenue. Christopher Dornblaser, cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com


York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said it doesn't appear Vega-Tirado was the shooter's target.

"It appears she was an innocent victim who just left the corner store and was caught in some crossfire," he wrote in a text.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the York City Police Department at 717-846-1234 or text tips to 847-411 or download the York City PD App. Texting tips is the best method to relay information about this incident, and all information can remain anonymous.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.