Police: Social media argument led to York City shooting

Christopher Dornblaser
  • York City Police say James Rodriguez shot Shannon Hopkins Tuesday
  • Hopkins was taken to Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle.
  • Rodriguez has not been arrested as of Tuesday.

An argument over social media led to the shooting of a York City man early Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

York City Police say James Carlos Rodriguez Jr., 23, approached Shannon Hopkins, 48, asking him if he had put his hands on his sister. Hopkins and Rodriguez then got into a struggle, during which police say Rodriguez shot Hopkins.

Rodriguez, of 222 E. Boundary Ave., faces charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He had not been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.

York City Police investigate an afternoon shooting in the 900 block of East Princess Street, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

Incident: According to police, an argument over social media led to a fight on Tremont Street, not far from 911 E. Princess St., where the shooting occurred.

The fight was between two groups of girls, and one juvenile girl was injured and needed treatment, police said.

Not long after, friends of the injured girl were still in the area, surrounded by numerous family members, charging documents allege.

Police: Man shot in York City

At about 3:10 p.m., a black Honda stopped close to them, and a man, later identified as Rodriguez, got out of the car, police said.

He had a silver handgun with him and he was irate, asking, "Which one of you all put your hands on my sister?" documents state. Police say Rodriguez's sister was one of the girls involved in the fight.

Rodriguez specifically looked at Hopkins and tried to hit him with the gun, documents state. A struggle happened between the two, and Rodriguez shot Hopkins one time in the left side of the torso, police said.

Rodriguez also fired at a dog and came close to hitting a woman on scene who was holding her infant child, documents state.

Rodriguez then drove off, documents state. A photo lineup was shown to witnesses, who identified Rodriguez as the suspect.

Police said Hopkins' injuries were not life-threatening. He was driven by a private vehicle to Memorial Hospital, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text tips to 847-411.

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