York City shooting prompts GVI response

The shooting of a teen in York City last week prompted a Group Violence Intervention initiative response, according to police.

Jzha-Lir Nasiim Peterson, 17, allegedly shot three times at another teenager, with one of the bullets striking him, court documents state.

The shooting, according to police, prompted a Group Violence Initiative response. 

Peterson, of the 200 block of Point Circle, Manchester, faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, prohibited possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license.


Allegations: According to police, Peterson lured the teen to the 600 block of West Locust Street about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. 

Once the victim arrived, police say, Peterson emerged from hiding and fired at least three times, hitting the victim in the foot as he fled.

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Acting York City Police Capt. Matt Leitzel said the victim was taken to York Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The acting captain declined to go into specifics on the alleged luring.

"He was definitely targeted," Leitzel said.

GVI:  The premise of the GVI, offered through the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is that a  small number of people in any city perpetrate the vast majority of violent crimes.

So to reduce violent crime, law enforcement has to identify and target that small group of people who are often involved in gangs or the drug trade or both. Those targeted then carry the message back to their associates.

Police said Wednesday, Jan. 24, that the shooting was a GVI event, prompting several law-enforcement actions. 

Probation visits, traffic enforcement and foot patrols were all part of that response, according to officials. There were 41 contacts, 32 probation visits, four criminal arrests, two traffic citations and one traffic warning.

York County Probation assisted in the details. 

Once arrested, Peterson will be charged as an adult. 


Charges were filed Sunday, Jan. 21, and as of Thursday, he has not been arraigned on them. 

Leitzel said there is a warrant for Peterson's arrest.

Anyone with information on the incident or Peterson's whereabouts can call detectives at 717-849-2219, or anonymously text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.