York City shooting victim had been out of prison three weeks

A block in York City's east end was the scene of a daytime shooting that left one person dead Monday, May 21.

York City Police said a man was killed in a shooting late Monday afternoon in the first block of North Franklin Street in York City.

Candles and balloons inscribed with messages in memory of Phillip Trent Banks Jr., 20, of York City, are left outside of 46 N. Franklin St. in York City, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Banks was pronounced dead at the scene following the Monday afternoon shooting. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The York County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 20-year-old Phillip Trent Banks Jr., of York City. Banks had been released from state prison May 1, officials said.

Officers dispatched to the area around 4 p.m. Monday and found Banks, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the police department.

"It's another senseless shooting of another young man in our city," York City Mayor Michael Helfrich said at the scene.

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York City Police investigate a shooting death in the first block of North Franklin Street Monday, May 21, 2018. Chris Dornblaser photo.

Banks' body was covered by a pink sheet on the west side of the street as detectives investigated. Multiple evidence placards were placed in front of it on the street.

Lt. Gene Fells said Tuesday, May 22, that no arrests have been made in the shooting.

"Officers and detectives are still following up some leads," he said.

Banks was targeted, Fells said.

The coroner's office said an autopsy showed that Banks' cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, with the manner homicide. 

On the scene Monday, officers had blocked off the street from the intersection of East Clarke Avenue to the intersection of Glen Place.

The mayor arrived on scene after 5 p.m. and was helping a woman he said was a member of the Banks' family. She was crying and had to be helped into a detective's car before ambulance personnel took her from the scene.

Banks: Banks had been out of prison for less than three weeks before he was killed.

Amy Worden, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, said Banks had been incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution Pine Grove, in Indiana County. He was paroled on May 1, according to Worden.

Banks was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery of a motor vehicle in November 2015. Charging documents state that he and another person robbed someone of their 2005 Honda Element and struck two parked cars while fleeing from police in York City on Oct. 31, 2015.

Online court records show that in April 2016 Banks pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery of a motor vehicle and fleeing or attempting to elude officers. He was sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison, with credit for time served.

Shootings: Monday's was the third shooting in the city in the past few days. Police were called to the 100 block of North Penn Street at about 9:50 p.m. Friday, May 18, for a report of shots fired.

A shooting victim, Chrisfelix Saex Perez, 19, of York City, was taken to York Hospital in a privately owned vehicle, according to the city.

About 10 hours later, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, York City Police responded to the 900 block of West Princess Street, where they found a man with two gunshot wounds, officials said. The man, Joshua Jordan Page, 23, of no fixed address, was taken to York Hospital via ambulance, according to a statement from York City.

Both victims were last listed in stable condition, according to officials.

The city's last fatal shooting was April 24, when Nylik Moore, 18, of North York, was fatally shot in the back and leg in the 100 block of East Maple Street, according to police.

Anyone with information about Monday's shooting is asked to call police at 717-846-1234 or text "Yorktips" and the information to 847-411 or download the York City PD App.  Texting in tips is the best method of conveying information about this incident, police said, and it is anonymous. 

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