Police: York teen part of group being targeted in shootings

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A 16-year-old York City youth is expected to survive after being shot in the chest, apparently in the 900 block of Hay Street, according to York City Police.

"It was not a random act — he was targeted," city Detective First Class Andy Shaffer said.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly where the shooting happened, he said.

Numerous neighbors called 911 about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, to report gunfire in the block, Shaffer said.

But as of Thursday morning detectives were still trying to determine whether the shooting happened on the street, inside a home or outside on private property.

"At this point we're still trying to find the crime scene," Shaffer said Thursday morning. "Due to the victim's condition, we were unable to speak with him last night. ... We're hoping when we talk to him today he'll be able to provide us with additional information."

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Shaffer said detectives don't think the teen was shot at random.

"It appears the group of kids he hangs out with are being targeted," he said, adding others in the group also have been shot.

Shaffer was unable to discuss why it appears the group has been targeted or by whom.

Anyone with information about the shooting can anonymously text "Yorktips" and their information to 847411, or leave a message on the city's anonymous crime tip line, 717-849-2204.

Or call York County Crime Stoppers at 717-755-TIPS. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and callers don't have to give their names to collect cash rewards.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.