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York College student shot in leg during home invasion

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

A York College student suffered a gunshot wound early Thursday morning in his off-campus apartment while struggling with two intruders, police said.

Robert Anthony McGurrin, 21, of Gambrills, Maryland, suffered a gunshot wound to his lower right leg, according to York City Police Capt. Tim Utley.

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The injury was not life-threatening, Utley said, and officers were called to the apartment in the 200 block of West Jackson Street at 3:50 a.m.

McGurrin told officers he had been at a friend's house and returned home about 15 minutes before realizing two males were in his apartment, according to the captain.

The student was standing in a second-floor hallway of his apartment when he was confronted.

Intruder grabbed: The student grabbed one of the masked intruders, who started yelling, and a struggle ensued, Utley said. During the scuffle, one of the intruders pulled out a gun and fired, he said.

The home invaders then ran out of the building and police were called, Utley said.

Two witnesses who were on a different floor of the building told investigators they heard a commotion on the second floor and heard the gunshot but didn't see anything, according to the captain.

Utley said it's not yet known whether the intruders got into McGurrin's apartment before or after he got home that morning.

College response: Mary Dolheimer, assistant dean of the college's communications office, said York College sent out a campus safety notice to the college community that gave basic details about the shooting as well as tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

The notice gives basic details about the home-invasion shooting and urges anyone with information to call York City Police.

"This is a student who was here for summer class and was living off-campus," she said. "In this case, the house was unlocked."

Staff in the college's Student Life office were still trying to make contact with the student's parents as of Friday morning, she said, adding that as of that point, college officials had not yet spoken with the student.

Safety tips disseminated by the college include always locking doors and windows; having landlords install quality deadbolt locks; having good exterior lighting; and not opening your door to strangers. The notice also advised students that hiding spare keys outside is a dangerous practice.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234, or text "yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

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