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York City Police have arrested a 16-year-old who they say shot and killed a York City man late last week.

Police say Yonti Lablair Ritter, 16, of York City, shot and killed Jimmy Avila-Velez Jr., 26, in the 500 block of West Newton Avenue on Friday, Nov. 10.

He will be charged with homicide, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Capt. Troy Bankert has said Avila-Velez was targeted when he was gunned down shortly after 8:30 p.m. that day.

Avila-Velez, 26, of the 500 block of West Princess Street, died at the scene of his shooting, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

His body was found in an alley near the intersection of South West Street, West Poplar Street and West Newton Avenue.

Avila-Velez was walking along West Poplar Street when he was shot, according to the coroner's office.

He collapsed in the street and was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner's office said.

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Ritter was arrested without incident and will be sent to York County Prison without bail, police said.

Police are investigating other people who were with Ritter that night at the time of the homicide, according to a news release from the department.


Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411. Or download the York City Police Department app, which allows tipsters to remain anonymous.

Other shootings: Friday's homicide was followed by another shooting homicide Sunday, Nov. 12.

James Weimert, 29, of York City, died after suffering a single gunshot wound to his chest, police said. He was shot by Michael Yeaple, 27, of the York area, during an altercation that turned physical, Bankert said this week.

Just after 4 p.m. Sunday, vehicles driven by the two men crashed at East Philadelphia and North Pine streets in what the captain said appears to have been an accidental collision.

Weimert and Yeaple got out of their vehicles and started to argue, police said.


The altercation turned physical, at which point Yeaple shot Weimert, according to Bankert.

Weimert did not have a gun, the captain confirmed. Yeaple was taken into custody by police and questioned, but later released, according to police. The captain said police know Yeaple shot Weimert but don't know yet if there was justification for the shooting.

He said all witnesses' statements will be evaluated to determine what prompted the fatal gunshot and whether Yeaple was justified in firing.

The shooting was not related to the Friday shooting.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, two males were also shot in York City. Police said the two were shot just before 5 p.m. in the 200 block of Park Place. Their wounds appeared to be non-life threatening, police said.

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