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York City Police: Teen shot and killed was targeted

Staff report

A teenager was shot and killed Saturday, Sept. 23, in York City, according to police.

Officers were dispatched to the corner of South Penn Street and West College Avenue at 8:15 p.m. for a reported shooting, York City Police said in a news release. The officers found 17-year-old Ce'onty Robinson, of York City, with at least one gunshot wound, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown determined Robinson died from gunshot wound to the dead, according to the York County Coroner’s Office, which ruled the death a homicide.

"We know he was targeted," York City Lt. Troy Bankert said in a phone call Sunday afternoon.

Mourners gather when police say 17-year-old Ce'onty Robinson was shot and killed Saturday night on W. College Ave. near S. Penn St. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

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He said investigators have several theories as to why he was singled out but said none were "strong enough" to make public.

'Disputing' groups: Saturday's shooting occurred at the same intersection as a shootout in July that wounded a 12-year-old boy who was caught in crossfire from two vehicles.

Bankert said the west end of the city is part of the area covered under the city's Group Violence Intervention initiative started earlier this year.

The program aims to curb violence by "calling in" those associated with "groups" connected to violence in the city to engage with community leaders, groups and law enforcement in hopes of relaying the message to others within the group.

Bankert said he suspects much of the violence comes down to disputing groups.

"Sometimes it's drugs," he said, but "sometimes they take a picture of themselves in a rival area and then they post it on Facebook," upsetting the rival group.

While Bankert said police continue to seek help from the public, they have received no response from residents regarding last night's shooting.

"We think that there were some witnesses, but no one has come forward," he said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact York City Police at 717-846-1234, text tips to 847-411 or download the York City Police Department app.