Two men dead, another wounded after York City shootings

Two men died and a third was seriously injured after two shootings in York City on Wednesday evening, according to York City Police. 

Police were called to the 500 block of West Princess Street for a report of a shooting about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

They found two men who had been shot. Both were taken to York Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead, according to a news release from the department.

Police identified the men as Lawrence Alston, 29, and Charles McCallister, 42, both of York City. They were shot outside a home in the block, according to the release.

Alston and McCallister lived in the 200 block of East Prospect Street, according to the York County Coroner's Office. That's about half a mile from where they were shot.

Investigators believe the two were targeted.

Officer Derek Hartman, the department's spokesman, said the two men were related. He said detectives do not know what the men were doing when they were shot.

He said the men were shot once or twice in the torso.

Autopsies on the men are scheduled for the morning of Friday, Sept. 13.

Second shooting: Officers were called to the scene of a second shooting in the area of North Pershing Avenue and Jefferson Avenue about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday. 

A man was shot outside a home in the area. He was taken to York Hospital, where he was last listed in critical condition. 

Investigators believe that man also was targeted. Hartman said the man, who is from the York area, was shot once.

That victim's name had not been released as of about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

Multiple shell casings were recovered at the scene of both shootings.

One person was shot in the area of North Pershing Avenue and Jefferson Avenue on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 11. Dawn J. Sagert photo.

Hartman said they do not know if the shootings are related to each other or any of the other recent shootings in the city.

Additionally, he said investigators do not know if there were multiple shooters involved in either shooting.

City shootings: There have been at least 32 shooting incidents in York City so far in 2019. Nine of them have been fatal. There have been three shooting incidents in York City this month alone, and two of them have been fatal, causing three deaths.

If Alston's and McCallister's deaths are ruled homicides, there will have been 10 homicides in York City so far this year, according to Coroner Pam Gay. 

There were 13 homicides in York City in 2018, according to a yearly report from Gay. In 2017, there were 16 homicides in York City. There were nine homicides in York City in 2016, according to records.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call police at 717-846-1234 or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.