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An 18-year-old man was shot to death in York City Tuesday night in the first block of East Maple Street, according to police.

Officers were called to the area for reports of a shooting shortly before 8:30 p.m., and they found Eugene Davis Hillian IV, of the 400 block of Girard Avenue in York City, on the ground there and unresponsive with five bullet wounds to the chest.

Although a large crowd was present at the scene, no witnesses have come forward and no one is in custody, police said.

Scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday evening in York City. Sean Philip Cotter

No further details about the events that led up to the shooting were immediately available.

Cause and manner of Hillian's death are pending an autopsy, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, according to the York County Coroner's Office. Next of kin has been notified.

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Hillian was a student at William Penn Senior High School, according to a press release provided by spokeswoman Erin James. He was also a player on the football team. The press release stated that counselors have been made available to students and staff.

Officers from York City, West York and the townships of West Manchester and Spring Garden formed a perimeter around Hillian's body, which lay shrouded by a white sheet halfway between South George and South Duke streets. The officers kept the large crowd back, pushing the police line farther down the street away from the scene in the hour following the shooting.

"Somebody shot my brother! Somebody shot my f—ing brother," a woman screamed over and over.

The crowd thinned out in the hours after the shooting as York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley arrived on the scene and inspected the body, which lay at the edge of the sidewalk.

Several people who didn't wish to be identified said they heard around six or seven shots.

Lisa Ciccato, who lives nearby in the city's southside neighborhood, said the area had had more violence that usual lately. Davonne Swan, 27, was shot to death right behind that same block in June.

Scene of a shooting Tuesday evening at George and Maple streets in York City. Sean Philip Cotter.

She said she forces the kids in her family to be home by 9:30 p.m., and worries about them regularly.

"If you hear something go 'pang, pang, pang,' you get up to the third floor," she said she tells them.

Anyone who has any information relating to this incident is encouraged to call the York City Police Department at (717) 846-1234 or text "tips" to 847-411.

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