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Police: 17-year-old boy shot in York City

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD

A 17-year-old boy suffered at least one gunshot to the back Tuesday night in an alleyway in York City's west end, according to police.

York City Police responded to reports of a shooting around 9:30 p.m. and found a juvenile male victim on West Newton Avenue near South West Street, police said.

He was taken to York Hospital and is listed in serious condition, according to police.

York City Police investigate a shooting on West Poplar at South West streets, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

As of just after 10:30 p.m., no one had been arrested, police said.

Kathryn Serrano lives two row houses away from the corner of Newton and West and said she'd just returned from taking her dog for a walk when she heard "two or three" gunshots ring out. She went to the door and saw one young man running out of the alley, she said.

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She also saw the first responders leave with the victim.

"They put him in the ambulance and took off," she said.

A neighborhood man, who wished not to be identified, prays for the victim as York City Police investigate a shooting on W. Poplar at S. West Street on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

And this violence, especially among young people, brings back the worst kinds of memories, she said. Her son Paul Smith was shot to death at age 21 just outside the Majestic Restaurant — now Li's Kitchen — on West Market Street on March 8, 1997, by Daron Nesbit, who was 16 years old. Just before the shooting, the two argued over a comment Nesbit made inside the restaurant.

"When I see this kind of crap, it just slaps it all back," Serrano said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 717-846-1234 or anonymously text "yorktips" and then the message to 847411.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him at scotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.