Suspect sought in York High football game shooting
York City Police say security-camera video footage taken from the parking lot outside Smalls Athletic Field led in an arrest warrant being issued for the alleged shooter who injured two men at Friday night's York High football game.
Stephon Damieen Brown, 15, whose last known address is in Reading, faces two counts of aggravated assault, a single count each of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor and three counts of criminal mischief, according to charging documents.
Brown, also known as "Mouse," faces an additional 2,000 counts — one count each of the estimated attendance inside Smalls Athletic Field the night of the shooting — of reckless endangerment.
Lt. Troy Bankert of the York Police Department said it is believed that Brown has been living somewhere in York City, and he should be considered armed and dangerous.
"He has been pretty indiscriminate in his shooting," Bankert said.
Brown is a suspect in several other shootings around the city, he added.
York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King confirmed that Brown is being charged as an adult.
Investigation: According to charging documents filed Tuesday, York City Police investigating the shooting which took place about 9:30 p.m. Friday, toward the end of York High's home opener, were able to identify Brown as the man who shot Antwan Jackson, 20, and Darius Allen, 23, the victims struck by gunfire that night.
The documents state that Brown is someone who is "known" to the York City Police Department.
A person close to the family — her identity is being withheld due to the fact Brown is still at large — said both men are still recovering and have suffered "a lot of trauma."
"We are dealing as best we can," she said. "This has flipped everything."
Due to all that has happened, and the fact the victims are still being harassed and threatened by others in the community, the family is afraid and fatigued, she said.
"Zero sleep. Zero sleep for five days," she said.
Jackson and Allen, who were found with respective gunshot wounds to the abdomen and back when police arrived on scene Friday night, said it was Brown who shot them.
"He is the only shooter we are looking for right now," Bankert said. He stressed the need for community assistance in locating Brown and again cautioned that he is a danger to the community.
Allen stated he was shot at arm's length, with his back to the stadium and his body facing Brown. Police recovered approximately 14 spent shell casings in the area where the shooting took place, the documents said.
The thousands of counts of reckless endangerment stem from the fact that Brown was allegedly shooting at the two victims with the stadium behind them as a backdrop. The bullets were therefore a threat to those in the bleachers and on the field at the time of the shooting, the documents said.
District response: As a result of the shooting, the York City School District is considering moving future home-football games from Friday nights at 7 p.m. to Saturdays at noon. Those and additional enhancements to already-existing security measures at the high school sporting events were the chief subject of Monday night's city school board committee meeting Monday night.
A vote to enact the proposal, which also includes increasing the number of security cameras and security personnel outside games, will be voted on at next week's regularly scheduled board meeting.
Finding Brown: Police say Brown is described as a black male, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall weighing approximately 100 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to text tips to 847-411. Begin the text with "YorkTips," then include your message, he said.
Bankert said the texting option is better rather than calling, because texts will come directly to his and other detective's phones, and they can act more quickly rather than having to take time to answer phone calls.
Also, anyone caught hiding or harboring Brown opens themselves up to be charged with a crime.
"We are trying to emphasize he is a danger to the community, and that is why we need help in finding him," Bankert said.
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