Police: Associates of man wanted in York City block party shooting arrested
Several people connected to a man wanted by police for nearly seven months were arrested Wednesday after he opened fire at a block party on Kurtz Avenue, according to York City Police.
Khalic Cross, 24, of the 300 block of Kurtz Avenue, argued with someone at the party in the early morning hours July 14 before pulling out a handgun and firing it, striking a woman, houses and vehicles, police said.
Following an investigation, on Wednesday, July 17, several local, state and federal agencies recovered evidence including two handguns — one of which was stolen — crack cocaine and marijuana from Cross' associates, police said.
Authorities are still searching for Cross, according to Officer Derek Hartman, the department's spokesman.
York City Police said two adults, Sabien Weaver, 20, and Jaimire Wooten, 21, and one juvenile have charges pending for firearm-related offenses.
Weaver is charged with receiving stolen property and drug possession. Wooten is charged with receiving stolen property and possessing contraband.
Wooten was sent to York County Prison on $35,000 bail. Weaver's bail was denied, according to court records, which state bail was denied because he refused to answer questions and he was disrespectful to the court.
Police also said another adult, who was not named, will be charged with obstruction of justice.
The arrests were part of the department's Group Violence Initiative.
The premise of the GVI program, 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. They then carry the message to their associates, says the working theory.
As part of their response, authorities served search warrants in York City and Manchester Township to try to find Cross and his associates.
Police have been searching for Cross since December. On Dec. 22, Cross allegedly choked his girlfriend and struck her in the head with a handgun.
Block party shooting: York City Police have said Cross got into an argument with another man, who is not identified, at the block party in the 300 block of Kurtz Avenue about 2 a.m. Sunday, July 14.
During the argument he began firing a gun, and in the process he shot Nina Gilbert, 47, who was hosting the block party, according to court documents.
Gilbert was up the street at a family member's home and was walking toward Cross and the unidentified man when Cross began firing in the air, according to authorities.
Police said Gilbert began running when she saw him shooting, and she was shot in the leg as she ran. She was taken to York Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Hartman has said it does not appear Gilbert was the intended target.
For that alleged incident, Cross faces one count of aggravated assault and prohibited possession of a firearm, as well as about 150 misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person.
There were more than 150 people at the block party during the shooting, police have said.
December incident: Cross faces charges of strangulation, a felony, and simple assault and harassment following an alleged incident in December.
Police said Cross choked and punched Mikeya Thompson-Taylor about 4 a.m. Dec. 22 in the 500 block of North Hartley Street.
Cross allegedly pulled a gun on her when she tried to call 911, court documents state. He then hit her on the back of the neck with his gun and punched her in the face, police said.
Cross: Cross pleaded guilty to flight to avoid apprehension in a February 2017 incident during which he almost ran down an officer while fleeing.
Maria Finn, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said Cross was paroled in September 2018.
Cross was the victim of a shooting himself, according to police, who said he was one of six shot at a party in the 600 block of Manor Street on Dec. 29, 2012.
Police have said Cross is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the incident or Cross' whereabouts is asked to call York County Crime Stoppers at 755-TIPS, the York City Police tip line at 717-849-2204 or the department at 717-846-1234 or 717-849-2219.
Those with information can also send a text to “York tips” at 847-411 (TIP-411) by starting the message with "yorktips" followed by the tip.