Chief: York City shooting that injured 2 wasn't random act

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Two people shot on West Market Street over the weekend will survive their wounds, according to York City Police Chief Troy Bankert, who said it appears two people were firing guns during the incident.

Shot were a 16-year-old York City male and Kai Smith, 20, who has an address in the Felton area but could be living in the city, Bankert said.

The victims were shot in the same incident, the chief said.


Officers were called to the 500 block of West Market Street about 1 a.m. Sunday, June 17. That's between the intersections of Hartley and West streets.

Evidence suggests two people were shooting — one firing from inside a home toward the street and the other firing from the street at a home, according to police.

"We found evidence that there was shooting outside, and we found evidence there was shooting inside," Bankert said.

The shooting wasn't a random act, according to police.

"At least one of the victims was targeted, maybe both," the chief said. He confirmed that investigators have leads they are following.

Both victims were listed in stable condition in York Hospital, and both suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said in a news release Sunday morning.

Shot before: Smith was shot about a year and a half ago while in York City.

Police began investigating after a 17-year-old male ran into a corner store at West Philadelphia and South Newberry streets just after 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016, asking for help, police have said.

The juvenile was shot in the stomach and was taken to York Hospital, according to police.

About the same time, a second gunshot victim was brought to the hospital in a private vehicle, and that was Smith, police have said.

Smith suffered a gunshot wound to his armpit, and at the time Bankert said investigators believed Smith and the 17-year-old were shot in the same area round the same time.

Anonymous texting: Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to text "Yorktips" and their information to 847-411.

The texting service is anonymous, according to Bankert.

He said officers and tipsters can carry on texting conversations through the tip service, and that officers have no way to identify those providing information.

People with information also can call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or download the York City PD app on their smartphones.

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