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A York City man was gunned down as he left a friend's home early Sunday afternoon.

The York County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 23-year-old Jaiquaune Freeman, of the 700 block of West Poplar Street.

The shooting happened about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 17, on Light Avenue, in the area of South West Street, between West King and West Poplar streets. Light Avenue is flanked on one side by New Covenant Community Church.

York City Police Lt. William Wentz, who supervises the detective bureau, said Freeman was leaving a friend's home when he was shot. 

The lieutenant said investigators believe he was targeted, but they do not know what led to the shooting.

"Right now we're sorting through re-interviewing witnesses," he said Monday, March 18. 

In a news release Monday, York County Coroner Pam Gay said Freeman's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, with the manner homicide.

Freeman's death is the first homicide in York City this year, according to Gay. It is the second homicide for the county for the year. The first was in Chanceford Township in early January.

The scene: The Rev. Anthony Sease from New Covenant came to the scene to see what was happening after a member of his congregation told him about the shooting.

Jesse Morrison, who was fixing up a nearby house, heard approximately eight gunshots and immediately looked out the window.

"I was worried about kids, because kids were out here playing," he said.

Morrison said he saw the victim and someone running from the scene.

A small group gathered across the street and watched as police investigated. On Monday, a memorial had been set up for Freeman in the area of the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting may contact York City Police via an anonymous tip line by texting their information to 847411. They also may call York County Crime Stoppers at 717-755-TIPS or the York City Police tip line at 717-849-2204.

Photographer John Pavoncello contributed to this story.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had Freeman's name spelled incorrectly. This story has been updated.

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