Two accused in York City shooting after courthouse confrontation

Two men face charges after police say they fired at a man, hitting him once following a confrontation at the York County Judicial Center.

York City Police say Matthew Lynn Hughes Jr., 19, and Shyquel Rashad Folk, 15, shot 32-year-old Derek Dorsey at the corner of East Clarke Avenue and North Duke Street on Wednesday, March 7.

During the shooting, at least 16 shots were fired between the two, court documents state.

York City Police investigate a shooting in the first block of N. Duke Street, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

As of Thursday afternoon they had not been arrested, according to court records.  

Once arrested, Hughes, of the 300 block of South Sherman Street, and Folk, of the 800 block of East Market Street, will each be charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and six counts of recklessly endangering another person. Folk will be charged as an adult. 

Matthew L. Hughes Jr. is wanted in a shooting on March 7. York County Sheriff's Office photo
Shyquel Folk  is wanted in a shooting on March 7. York County Sheriff's Office photo

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Shooting: According to court documents, police found Dorsey with a gunshot wound to his leg about 2:30 p.m. He told police that he had been shot while walking east on East Clarke Avenue to North Duke Street.

Dorsey, who police initially said was from York City, is from Baltimore, according to charging documents. 

Officers found 16 expired cartridge casings on that street, and witnesses told officials that two suspects were seen shooting west while at the intersection of East Clarke Avenue and North Duke Street, police said. 

They then ran east on East Clarke Avenue, charging documents state.

Police looked through surveillance footage after the shooting and saw the two running from the scene, officials said. Footage showed they were holding something in their waist area, court documents state.

The two were wearing black hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up, and one of them had an Adidas stripe on his sleeves, according to police. 

Police were able to identify Hughes from previous involvements in York City, and they were then able to identify Folk because he is a known associate of Hughes, charging documents state. Police say Folk is also known to authorities through previous involvements in York City.

"The area that these 16 shots were fired were in a heavily populated residential area, as well as highly congested business district," Detective George Ripley wrote in charging documents. 

Police say there were at least five people in the area during the shooting, and any foot or car traffic was at risk for injury. The York County District Attorney's Office gave York City Police permission to charge Folk as an adult. 

Additionally, neither of the men has a license to carry a firearm, according to police.

Trial: Police initially said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation inside the York County Judicial Center. Additional information on the alleged confrontation was not immediately available Thursday, and court documents do not mention any confrontation.

Police believe Dorsey was targeted.

Dorsey was sitting in the trial for Vernon Cox Jr. on Wednesday afternoon.

Cox, 30, is accused of fatally shooting Ryan Small, 22, in January 2017. Wednesday was the second day of the trial. 

Dorsey was one of several people admonished by Common Pleas Judge Craig Trebilcock. 

The defense attorney representing Cox, Jennifer Smith, confirmed to The York Dispatch on Wednesday that Dorsey is Cox's cousin.

During Wednesday morning’s testimony of Cox’s co-defendant, Leon White III, Trebilcock interrupted questioning and had the jury sent out of the room briefly.

York City Police investigate a shooting in the first block of N. Duke Street, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

He admonished both sides of the gallery for their conduct in the courtroom, which he indicated included talking, eye-rolling and shaking or nodding of heads. He ordered them to sit quietly and not “testify” from the gallery, then warned that he would have anyone in violation removed for the duration of the trial.

“I can’t have the jury see any of that,” Trebilcock told the gallery. “You’re not a participant in this trial.”

History: Hughes also is accused of threatening to kill his child's mother on Christmas Eve last year, according to police.

State police say he got into an argument with her in a Red Lion home and pulled a knife on her. 

When the woman confronted Hughes for her phone, Hughes pushed her onto a bed and began punching her, documents state. Hughes then began choking her when she started to scream for help, leaving red marks and scrapes on her neck, according to police.

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The woman fled the home in Red Lion with her child and went to a friend’s home in York City, where Hughes pulled out a gun and again threatened to kill her before returning her phone, documents state.

In that case, Hughes faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, flight to avoid apprehension and carrying a firearm without a license — all felonies — as well as misdemeanor charges of strangulation, making terroristic threats, fleeing or attempting to elude police and two counts of simple assault, among other charges.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or anonymously text "Yorktips" and the information to 847-411.

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had Folk's age listed incorrectly. This report has been updated to reflect his correct age of 15.