Tony Orr Jr. dies, York man being charged with homicide

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man shot in his SUV over the weekend has died in York Hospital, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Anthony Orr Jr., 36, of Lafayette Street, was pronounced dead at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, the coroner's office said.

Gen-uine Alston

An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Police on Tuesday arrested the man they say shot Orr — Gen-uine Alston.

Alston, 20, of the 600 block of Company Street in York City, remains in York County Prison without bail. He originally was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

On Wednesday morning, detectives upgraded the charge to homicide and filed the amended paperwork with District Judge Ron Haskell II, according to Lt. Gene Fells, who supervises the York City detective bureau.

Second arraignment: Haskell is expected to arraign Alston on the new charge Thursday morning, Fells said. It is unclear whether the alleged killer has retained an attorney.

Alston was arrested in the 1200 block of West King Street about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police have said.

Police say he shot Orr about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in the 100 block of Lafayette Street.

Police have said Orr was targeted but haven't said why. 

Fells confirmed it's possible others could be arrested.

"This homicide charge is not the end of it," Fells said.  "There's still more we need to do with this case."

Hit with buckshot: Charging documents filed by York City Police Detective Andy Baez state that when officers were called to the scene, they found Orr in the driver's seat of an SUV.

He had been shot in the head with buckshot from a shotgun, police said.

Officers performed lifesaving efforts until an ambulance crew arrived and rushed Orr to York Hospital, documents state.

Police learned a man was seen running from the area, holding a bookbag in one hand and a shotgun in the other, according to documents, and he was last seen running through an alleyway and out of sight.

One of Orr's family members told investigators he had been told that the person who possibly shot his son goes by "G" and has a Facebook profile name of "SOS Spalding," according to charging documents.

Police said that information helped them identify Alston as a suspect.

His photo was then shown to a witness as part of an eight-person photo array, and the witness picked Alston out of the lineup, documents state.

The witness told detectives he is 100 percent sure Alston was the man who shot Orr, according to police.

Witnesses told detectives that Alston was "walking fast" toward Orr's car just before the shooting.

'A big loss': York City School Police Chief Michael Muldrow said he's known the Orr family for many years.

"It's hard for me, and hard for everybody," he said. "It's going to be a big loss for this community."

He described Orr as goodhearted and sweet — the kind of person who would do what he could to help anyone.

"He was an amazing person from the time he was a kid. He carries his mom and dad's energy and legacy," Muldrow said. "My heart goes out to his family."

The chief said the pain also will be felt by the York High community.

Orr played football and basketball for William Penn Senior High School and continued to support young athletes in summer league games, according to Muldrow.

"He just touched many lives," the chief said, through sports, in the community and through the motorcycle clubs to which Orr belonged.

Community mentor: Local attorney Sandra Thompson has described Orr as a family man and a community mentor to both young men and to men recently released from prison.

According to Thompson, Orr was shot because he was reaching out to people "who were involved in wrong" and trying to convince them to change their ways.

"They retaliated against him," she said. "He is involved in positivity and breaking up negativity, even to his own detriment. He's just a stand-up guy."

York City Police are still asking that anyone with information about Orr's shooting call them at 717-846-1234, or anonymously text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411. People can also download the York City PD app.

York City Police Chief Troy Bankert has said the texting service is entirely anonymous.

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