Police: Exxon worker killed in 'ongoing domestic situation'

  • York City Police say Mark Ellis, 29, specifically targeted Aditya Ananda, 44, when he shot and killed him.
  • Ellis, of Baltimore, is charged with homicide.
Mark Ellis

York City Police say a man shot and killed an employee at an Exxon gas station more than two weeks ago because of an ongoing domestic situation.

York City Police say  Mark Anthony Ellis, 29, specifically targeted Aditya "Sunny" Anand, 44, when he shot and killed him on Oct. 17.

Ellis, of Baltimore, is charged with homicide.

Anand was shot and killed at the Exxon at the corner of West Market Street and Richland Avenue  about 5:45 a.m. that day, according to police.

Police initially said that Anand was killed in a botched robbery attempt.

Domestic situation: On Wednesday, Nov. 1, police said Anand was actually targeted.

Reached Thursday, Nov. 2, Capt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city's detective bureau, declined to go into details regarding the domestic situation.

“We still have post-arrest investigation we have to conduct," he said, adding that investigators don't want to taint responses in future investigations.

Charging documents for Ellis don't state anything about an ongoing domestic situation.

Additionally, Bankert said Ellis has not confessed to the shooting.

Attendees signed a board during a vigil for Exxon employee Aditya Anand, who was shot and killed while working Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

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Shooting: Anand, of West Market Street in West York, was pronounced dead at 6:13 a.m. Oct. 17 at York Hospital by Deputy Coroner Tania Zech, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.

Aditya Anand

Anand had just started his work shift for the day when he was gunned down, Gay said at the time.

Anand suffered a gunshot wound to the torso, Bankert said.

Anand was shot inside the Exxon store, then made his way outside and collapsed in the parking lot, according to Bankert.

Responding officers provided care to Anand until an ambulance crew arrived and rushed him to York Hospital, court documents state. 

The day Anand was killed, police released surveillance photos from the Exxon which showed the alleged shooter.

At the end of October, someone told police that they knew the man in the picture as Ellis, court documents state.

Ellis was taken into custody Monday, Oct. 30, for a state parole violation, and he  remains in York County Prison.

Bankert said Ellis was a person of interest at the time of his arrest.

Charges were filed Wednesday, and he was arraigned on the charges Thursday.

He remains in York County Prison without bail. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 16 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

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