Alleged shooter, victim, ID'd in York City homicide

Christopher Dornblaser

The victim and alleged gunman in Friday's fatal shooting in the 200 block of West Maple Street have been identified.

Police say Dion James Beard Jr., 27, of York City, allegedly committed the shooting, according to a news release. A warrant for Beard's arrest was obtained Friday. Once arrested, Beard will be charged with homicide and five counts of recklessly endangering another person.

The York County Coroner's office said Collin McGlen Smith Jr., 22, of York City, was pronounced dead after being shot at about 1:30 p.m. Smith had been shot multiple times, according to the coroner's office.

A crowd gathers as police investigate a fatal shooting in the 200 block of West Maple Street Friday, April 14, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

"He was definitely targeted," York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert said.

An autopsy for Smith was scheduled for Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Police investigate a fatal shooting in the 200 block of West Maple Street Friday, April 14, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

Police and emergency crews were summoned to the 200 block of West Maple Street about 1:30 p.m., Bankert said.

Officials had blocked off the scene at the intersection of Maple Street and Manor Street. A body was in front of a home, covered in a white sheet.

The body was later taken from the scene by ambulance, but emergency personnel stayed at the scene. Some officers were seen entering the Maple Manor Grocery.

Bankert declined to say why officers had entered the building.

Dion Beard

Shooting: York City resident Billy Dabney was in the neighborhood for a fish fry and said he heard about 10 gunshots.

"About 15 minutes later, I hear sirens," he said.

Dabney, a Vietnam War veteran and a York City resident for 35 years, said he wasn't alarmed when he heard the shots. He said he hears gunshots in the city from time to time.

"I think at this time of day, I was surprised," he said of Friday's shooting.

Dabney said every time he hears shots, he hopes his children and grandchildren aren't involved.

Standing outside the scene Friday was neighbor Maritza Quinones. She said she was at the store when her 9-year-old son called her.

"He said 'Mom, there are shots again," she said.

Quinones immediately left the store to go back to the area to make sure her kids were safe.

She said she often hears shots in the city, but not near her home.

"All you hear is kids running around all the time," she said.

Unlike Dabney, Quinones wasn't surprised the shooting happened during the day.

"It happens any time of the day over here," she said. Quinones added that she frequently hears shots coming from the area of Penn Park, not far from her home.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 717-846-1234 or text tips to 847-411.

Arrest made in York City homicide

Previous homicide: Friday's shooting came less than two weeks after another homicide in York City.

Craig A. Henise, 50, of Neater Street in the city, was pronounced dead at York Hospital at 7:40 a.m. April 4 by Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

York City Police arrested Bernard Simmons III, 16, of York on Tuesday, police said.

Simmons was charged as an adult with criminal homicide and persons not to possess a firearm, police said in a news release.

Henise was shot in the leg about 8:40 p.m. April 3 in the 400 block of Newton Street, according to police.

Officers called to the scene found him on the ground, bleeding, police said.

Officers provided first aid to Henise, who was then taken to York Hospital by ambulance, where he was initially listed in critical condition, according to police.