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Police: Labor Day shooting in York City related to group violence
A 17-year-old was shot three times in York City on Monday, Sept. 3, according to York City Police.
Police say the shooting is related to group violence, and law enforcement actions are being planned.
Just before 1:30 p.m. Monday, police were called to the 600 block of West King Street. They found the teen, and he was taken to York Hospital.
The teen is listed in stable condition and is expected to survive, police said.
Lt. Gene Fells, who supervises the city detective bureau, said the victim, a boy from York City, was shot in the mid-section and in the hand.
He said Tuesday, Sept. 4, that the teen was still in York Hospital.
No suspects have been identified, but police say they are following up on several leads.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the York City Police Department at 717-846-1234 or text TIPS and your infomation to 847-411 or download the York City Police app. Texting tips is the best method for conveying information about this incident, and it is anonymous, police said.
York City Police have been using the Group Violence Intervention initiative to combat violence.
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.
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.
Fells said the initiative has helped lock up some "major players" in city shooting incidents. Before Monday's shooting, there hadn't been a reported shooting in York City in more than a month.
"That pretty much has contributed to the lack of shooting incidents," he said.
— Staff reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.