York City homicide prompts GVI response

One of last month's fatal shootings in York City prompted a Group Violence Intervention response, according to officials.

York City Police said in a news release Tuesday, June 5, that the slaying of Phillip Trent Banks Jr. on May 21 prompted police to make 52 contacts in the following days. 

Banks, 20, was killed in the first block of North Franklin Street. The York County Coroner's Office said he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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

GVI: The premise of the GVI 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.

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 part of the recent response, officials conducted 14 probation visits, made two arrests,and issued one traffic citation and one traffic warning, according to police. 

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Other responses: Banks' shooting was part of a rash of street violence last month.

The day after he was killed, another York City man was slain. York City Police say Robert Lee Johnson II, 24, of York City, fatally shot L.A. Rasul Truvillion, 25, on May 22. 

Truvillion was found with gunshot wounds in the area of Smyser and North Penn streets about 5:50 p.m.

Also, two people were wounded in York City shootings the weekend before the deaths, according to officials.

Police were called to the 100 block of North Penn Street about 9:50 p.m. 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. 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.

In the department's news release Tuesday, officials said that hospital visits were made to victims and families. They also assisted with funeral arrangements for the homicide victims. 

York County Probation, the York County Drug Task Force and the York County District Attorney's Office assisted in the response.

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