Coroner identifies Spring Garden man shot, killed at Cousler Park

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
A substance is washed away from an area of the parking lot at Cousler Park in Manchester Township, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. One man was killed and another injured following a shooting at the park near the basketball courts Monday night. Northern York County Regional Police responded to the park around 9 p.m. where they found a man in the parking lot who had been shot at least once in the torso, according to a police release. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A shooting Monday evening at a park in Manchester Township killed a 20-year-old man and left another man injured, according to a police news release.

Northern York County Regional Police responded about 9 p.m. Monday to Cousler Park, located at 1060 Church Road, for a shooting near the basketball courts, according to a department news release.

Police found Justin Griffith, 20, of Third Avenue in Spring Garden Township, in the parking lot. He had been shot at least once in the torso and was taken to WellSpan York Hospital, where he died at 9:39 p.m., according to a York County Coroner's Office news release. 

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Cousler Park is shown in Manchester Township, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. One man was killed and another injured following a shooting at the park near the basketball courts Monday night. Northern York County Regional Police responded to the park around 9 p.m. where they found a man in the parking lot who had been shot at least once in the torso, according to a police release. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A second victim came to the hospital by private vehicle for a leg wound, according to police. More than 20 people were in the area at the time of the shooting, and the victims appeared to be targeted, police said.

"We're confidant that it was an isolated event," Township Manager Timothy R. James said Tuesday morning. "We believe Cousler Park is an extremely safe park. This just happens to be one of those unfortunate events."

The investigation continued Tuesday morning, and a police presence is expected to remain at the park until Wednesday at the latest, James said.

The township is now considering additional options to improve safety at Cousler Park, such as security cameras, he said. 

Scheduled programming, including a concert Tuesday evening, has been canceled, but the park is open, James said.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to the coroner's release.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 911 or the tip line at 717-467-TELL (8355) or to email tips@nycrpd.org.

Cousler Park is shown in Manchester Township, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. One man was killed and another injured following a shooting at the park near the basketball courts Monday night. Northern York County Regional Police responded to the park around 9 p.m. where they found a man in the parking lot who had been shot at least once in the torso, according to a police release. Dawn J. Sagert photo