Motive for York City homicide still unclear

John Joyce
  • York City Police say there is no new information to release in the Eugene Brabham murder investigation.
  • Brabham was shot Saturday morning outside a city residence and later died at York Hospital.
  • York County Coroner Pam Gay released an autopsy report Tuesday saying Brabham died of gunshot wounds to the chest and hip.

An autopsy report released by York County Coroner Pam Gay's office Tuesday detailed the manner and cause of death of Eugene Brabham, York City's most recent shooting victim.

According to the report, Brabham died after undergoing surgery at York Hospital for gunshot wounds to the chest and hip. He was pronounced dead at 9:38 a.m. Saturday, about two hours after police say he was shot in the 200 block of South Pine Street in York City.

Brabham's death has been ruled a homicide and is being investigated by the York City Police Department.

Deputy Coroner Ron Kopp responded to the hospital and certified the death, the report said.

According to the news release York City Police sent out late Saturday, Brabham was shot outside a residence at 211 S. Pine St. during either an argument or a robbery gone wrong.

No new information was released Tuesday regarding the homicide investigation.

"We still don't know yet whether it was a dispute or a robbery," Lt. Troy Bankert, who heads the police department's detective bureau, said Monday. "We're hoping that becomes a little more clear."

Three shot, one killed, in early morning city shootings

Bankert confirmed Brabham was shot twice. Despite evidence indicating there had been only one shooter, at least one witness said two people might have fired at Brabham.

Bankert said the department had received some phone calls Monday morning, but he still asks that anyone with information regarding the shooting death call York City Police at (717) 846-1234. Citizens can provide information about the crime anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 755-TIPS. Tips resulting in an arrest and conviction are eligible for a cash reward.

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Staff Writer Liz Evans-Scolforo contributed to this report.