York City shootings cause GVI response

Two York City shootings last week caused a Group Violence Initiative response, according to police.

The department said in a news release Friday, Nov. 9, that two shootings Wednesday, Nov. 1, both on East Philadelphia Street, were likely caused by shooters from rival groups, which caused a GVI response. 

A shootout Wednesday between two subjects left a window shattered at Rod's Corner Store, at the corner of E. Philadelphia St. and N. Queen Street, Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

The premise of the initiative, offered through the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is that a very small number of people in any city perpetrate the vast majority of violent crimes. So to reduce violent crime, law enforcement has to identify and target that small group of people who often are involved in gangs or the drug trade — or both.

Those targeted then carry the message back to their associates.

Shootings and response: Capt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city's detective bureau, said last week that a teenage girl was shot about 4:20 p.m. Nov. 1 in the 600 block of East Philadelphia Street.

She suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

“She was with somebody who was (targeted)," Bankert said at the time.

About 12:30 p.m., two people shot at each other in the 100 block of East Philadelphia Street, which damaged the window at Rod's Corner Store, according to police. Bankert said one shooter was inside the store firing at the other, who was outside the store.

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The GVI response led to 67 contacts, 15 probation visits, nine warrants served, seven traffic citations, four arrests and two traffic warnings, according to police.

York County Probation assisted in the response.

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