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York City homicide prompts GVI response
The homicide of a Schuylkill County man in York City prompted a Group Violence Intervention initiative response, according to officials.
York City Police said in a news release Friday, April 20, that the shooting death of Luis Inoa, 27, was a GVI event.
Inoa, of Shenandoah, was found in the area of South Duke Street at South Street about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, April 15. The York County Coroner's Office said Inoa was killed by a gunshot wound to the torso.
The department said the GVI response resulted in 52 contacts within three days after the shooting.
GVI: The premise of the initiative, offered through the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is that a very 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 often are involved in gangs or the drug trade or both. Those targeted then carry the message back to their associates.
Outreach was done with four members of Inoa's family, followed by phone calls regarding potential help with his funeral, officials said. Additionally, calls were made to the mother of the victim's daughter with offers for counseling and pastoral support, police said.
Officials intended to do more followups with Inoa's family within the next week.
The homicide prompted traffic citations, arrests, probation visits and warrants as well as outreach and support.
Of those responses, one resulted in the arrest of Mitchell Perez III, 19, who was charged with drug offenses in relation to a shooting on April 12 in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.
A traffic violation Tuesday, April 17, resulted in charging the driver with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, drug possession and summary traffic offenses, the release states.
In total there were 23 probation visits, 16 warrants, 15 traffic citations and seven arrests, police said.
York County Probations and the York County District Attorney's Office assisted in the response.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.