York City homicide, shootings prompt GVI response
Three shootings in one day, including one that killed an 18-year-old, prompted a Group Violence Initiative response, according to authorities.
York City Police said in a news release Wednesday, May 2, that the fatal shooting of Nylik Moore, 18, and the nonfatal shootings of Jahan Wilson, 20, and Walter Jenkins, 43, all on April 24, were GVI events.
Moore, of North York, was shot in the 100 block of East Maple Street about 5 p.m. April 24, according to police. Moore was taken to York Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, officials said.
Also injured in that shooting was Wilson, of York City, who was taken to York Hospital by private vehicle, according to police.
Jenkins, of York City, was shot in the head in the 400 block of Park Street about 10:30 a.m. April 24, according to police. He was taken to York Hospital by ambulance and was recovering, authorities said.
Because the shootings were GVI events, officials conducted probation visits, traffic enforcement, search warrants and foot patrols over a six-day period, police said.
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.
As a result of the GVI response, authorities made 151 contacts and 52 probation visits, wrote 34 citations, obtained 30 warrants, made 27 arrests and issued 12 traffic warrants and six search warrants, according to the release.
Additionally, GVI outreach and support provided lodging for five family members, and two notifications were made to support those who might be influential to potential shooters, police said.
Assisting the GVI details were York County Probation, state police, West York Police, the York County Sheriff's Department, the York County Drug Task Force and the York County District Attorney's Office, according to the release.
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