Police: 12-year-old not intended target of shooting

Charging documents filed for two accused in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy  this month in York City indicate that they were firing at someone who owed them money and instead shot the boy.

York City Police say Eric "Lethal" Ngai Bones Jr., 17, and Stephen Michael Gerhardt, 19, shot the boy in the 100 block of Stevens Avenue about 10:15 p.m. Sept. 9.

The two shot from inside a car, then fled when the boy was hit, according to officials.

Bones, of the 1000 block of Kelly Drive, York City, and Gerhardt, of the first block of East 7th Avenue, North York, are charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and aggravated assault. Bones, who is charged as an adult, is charged with possessing a firearm as a minor.

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Stephen Gerhardt

Shooting: According to police, the 12-year-old boy was shot under his right armpit as he was walking to a corner store with his mother.

He was taken to York Hospital, where he underwent surgery, and he was transferred to Hershey Medical Center for additional treatment. Police say he is recovering at home.

A witness saw a silver sedan go behind two people on Cottage Hill Road, and shots came from the front and rear passenger sides of the car, according to police.

Eric Bones

West York shooting: On Sept. 12, Gerhardt was shot about 7:20 p.m. in the first block of South Dewey Street, according to authorities.

He was shot in the torso, police said. That shooting involved a silver sedan as well, according to charging documents.

Surveillance footage from the Sept. 9 shooting showed that it was the same silver sedan at both shootings, police said.

Shell casings at the West York shooting scene and from inside the sedan were sent to a state police lab to be compared to three shell casings and a bullet fragment from the York City shooting, and all matched to two .380-caliber handguns, court documents state.

Jah'zion Smallwood. Photo courtesy of West York Police.

Gerhardt: On Thursday, Sept. 20, police spoke to Gerhardt, who told them he picked up Jah'Zion "NBA" Smallwood, a person known as "WOP" and Bones on Sept. 9, and he drove them to the area of Parkway Boulevard to find someone who owes them money, officials said.

Smallwood sat in the front passenger seat, and Bones sat in the rear passenger seat, charging documents state. 

Gerhardt drove them around for about 15 minutes until they saw the person walking on Hamilton Avenue, officials said. Police say both Smallwood and Bones fired about 15 to 20 shots at the person but struck the boy instead.

Gerhardt sped away and then drove back to his home, charging documents state.

Gerhardt was arraigned on the charges Thursday, Sept. 20, and District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf denied him bail. Bones was arraigned on the charges Friday, Sept. 21, and he remains in York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. 

Neither has an attorney listed. 

They have their preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 4 at District Judge James Morgan's office.

In a news release Friday, Sept. 21, York City Police said Smallwood is facing charges in both incidents as well. Smallwood has not yet been taken into custody, officials said.

The York City and West York police departments collaborated in the investigation, the release states.

Anyone with any information on the shootings is asked to contact the York City Police Department at 717-846-1234 or anonymously text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

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