Police seek 2nd shooting victim from Manchester party

Liz Evans Scolforo

Investigators don't yet know why a recent high-school graduation party in Manchester ended in gunfire, wounding two people, Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said.

The chief confirmed there were actually two people shot inside the home about 1 a.m. May 28.

Northeastern Regional Police investigate an early-morning shooting in Manchester Borough on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
(John A. Pavoncello photo)

"The man who drove (Caleb) Wilson to the hospital was shot in the hand," Rizzo said.

Caleb Wilson III, 20, of York City, was inside the home on Barberry Court and was walking up a set of stairs from the basement to the first-floor kitchen when he was struck by a bullet that was fired from outside the home, police have said.

Wilson suffered wounds to his face, neck and shoulder from a single bullet, according to police.

On Monday, Rizzo said Wilson will survive his wounds but needs more surgery.

Second victim: The chief also said investigators are trying to track down a second shooting victim, who suffered a wound to his hand.

"He lied to us initially about the injury to his hand," telling officers it was a football injury, according to Rizzo. "We haven't been able to locate him again."

Officers are trying to track down the young man to speak with him again, the chief said.

In fact, officers would like to speak with everyone who was at the graduation party that night as well as anyone who was in the area of Barberry Court at the time of the shooting, according to Rizzo.

Northeastern Regional Police investigate an early-morning shooting in Manchester Borough, Sunday, May 28, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

Not only are officers still trying to identify the shooter, they also are trying to determine the cause of the shooting, he said.

"We really don't know what sparked the shooting," he said, adding it's unclear whether it was somehow the result of the party itself — such as guests arguing or someone being turned away at the door — or whether it was about something else entirely.

Guests afraid? Rizzo said he suspects partygoers might not want to come forward because they are underage and there was alcohol and possibly drugs at the party.

"We're not looking to get people in trouble for attending the party," he said. "You can remain anonymous, if you have information."

The chief also said he's unsure why Wilson was driven by private vehicle to the hospital rather than someone calling 911 for an ambulance.

"That's a good question," he said.

Police estimated there were more than 40 guests at the high-school graduation party.

All gone: "But they were all gone when we got there," Rizzo said.

Barberry Court is a quiet, residential street with nice homes.

He said he suspects the party was advertised on social media and that a lot of people showed up who might not have even known the host.

Anyone with information, and everyone who attended the party, is urged to call Northeastern Regional Police at 717-266-6195. Rizzo stressed tipsters can remain anonymous.

Or call York County Crime Stoppers at 717-755-TIPS. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and callers don't have to give their names to collect cash rewards.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.