Alleged shooter outside Judicial Center close relative of murder victim

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

One of two teens accused in a shooting near the York County Judicial Center on Wednesday is a close relative of homicide victim Ryan Small, while the victim is the cousin of the man who killed Small, a lawyer said Friday, March 9.

Matthew L. Hughes Jr., 19, is the stepbrother or half brother of Small, according to attorney Jennifer Smith. Smith represented Vernon Cox Jr. during last week's trial in Small's death. Cox was found guilty of first-, second- and third-degree murder.

Smith had previously confirmed that Cox and shooting victim Derek Dorsey are cousins.

York City Police say one of the alleged shooters, Shyquel R. Folk, 15, was taken into custody after officers executed an arrest warrant in the 600 block of East Market Street Thursday, March 8.

Hughes on the lam: Folk and Hughes are accused of firing at Dorsey, 32, at the corner of North Duke Street and East Clarke Avenue  on Wednesday, March 7. 

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

As of Sunday, March 11, Hughes had not been arrested.

Dorsey is doing well, Smith said on Friday. 

York City Police have said Dorsey was shot following a confrontation outside the York County Judicial Center. Dorsey attended Cox’s murder trial earlier in the week.

“I’m hoping (police) pick up Mr. Hughes soon,” Smith said Friday.

Folk: Folk's arrest was done in conjunction with a probation visit, during which officials found a gun, according to police. The gun will be tested to determine if it was used in Wednesday's shooting.

Folk, of the 800 block of East Market Street, is charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and six counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Once arrested, Hughes, of the 300 block of South Sherman Street, will be charged with the same offenses.

Folk remains in York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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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 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 spent cartridge casings on that street, and witnesses told officials that two suspects shot 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 logo 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 also is known to authorities through previous involvements in York City.

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

"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 that 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 suspects 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. There is no mention of a confrontation in charging documents.

However, Dorsey did attend the second day of Cox's trial  on Wednesday.

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

First responders load a man into a waiting ambulance following a shooting in the first block of N. Duke Street, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

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.

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.”

Cox, 30, was found guilty  Friday of  first-, second- and third-degree murder for fatally shooting Ryan Small, 22, in January 2017.  

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

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