Feds capture York City teen accused in two shootings

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City fugitive wanted for allegedly shooting a 12-year-old boy has been captured, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Jah'Zion Simar Smallwood, 18, of the 800 block of West Poplar Street, was taken to the county's central booking unit Thursday, Oct. 4, to be arraigned on charges in two cases that involve him allegedly shooting a gun in public.

In addition to being part of a group of young men who fired shots in the city's Parkway neighborhood that struck the 12-year-old, Smallwood also is accused of being involved in a shootout in West York last month.

Multiple bullet holes are apparent on a house Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the first block of South Dewey Street in West York where gunfire was reported Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. West York Police Chief Matt Millsaps said at least two people were firing guns at each other, and that a number of others were in the area at the time. Bill Kalina photo

He was arraigned Thursday afternoon, and bail was denied, according to online court records. It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

Members of the marshals service's Fugitive Task Force captured Smallwood — also known as "NBA" — about 7 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Chestnut Street in York City, according to a marshals service news release.

Boy shot: According to York City Police, Smallwood, Stephen Gerhardt, Eric Bones Jr. and a person known as "WOP" drove to the Parkway neighborhood the night of Sept. 9 to find someone who owed them money.

Jah'Zion Smallwood

Gerhardt told police he was driving, and that Smallwood was in the front passenger seat while Bones was in the back seat, charging documents state.

They drove around the neighborhood for about 15 minutes until they spotted their target, who was walking along Hamilton Avenue about 10:15 p.m., police have said.

Smallwood and Bones fired 15 to 20 shots between them, but instead of hitting their target they instead shot the 12-year-old, who was on nearby Stevens Avenue, charging documents allege.

The boy was shot under his right armpit, according to police, who said he was walking to a corner store with his mother.

He underwent surgery at Hershey Medical Center and has since been released, police said.

Shootout: At least two people were firing during a shootout in the first block of Dewey Street about 7:20 p.m. Sept. 12, West York Police Chief Matt Millsaps has said.

Gerhardt was shot in the torso and through the arm, police said.

According to charging documents, Gerhardt, Smallwood and a man identified as "E.B." went to the area to buy drugs, and that at least two of them were armed.

"(Gerhardt) stated two individuals came from around the corner shooting at them when he was shot," documents state. "He stated E.B. returned fire."

Eric Bones

Forensic evidence collected at the scene allowed police to track down one of the guns used, police said. That evidence included a .380 shell casing found inside Gerhardt's vehicle as well as six .380 casings and a dozen 9 mm casings strewn around the area, police said.

On Sept. 15, police recovered a .380 pistol from a Windsor home. An informant told them he saw Smallwood ditch the gun when officers arrived on scene to investigate an underage drinking party there, charging documents state.

2 guns 'linked': In fact, the forensic evidence linked two different guns, including the .380, to both the West York shootout and the York City shooting of the 12-year-old, according to documents.

Video surveillance of the area showed two males fleeing the area after the shooting, and they were later identified as Smallwood and "E.B.", documents allege.

Police have not said whether the 17-year-old "E.B." involved in the West York shootout is Eric Bones Jr., the 17-year-old identified by York City Police as one of the people responsible for shooting the boy in the Parkway neighborhood.

Stephen Gerhardt

The shooting happened in an area heavily traveled by pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, according to West York Detective David Kahley, the lead investigator in the shootout.

He also wrote in documents that the York Fair was underway when the shootout happened.

Locked up: Gerhardt, 19, of of East Seventh Avenue in North York, remains in York County Prison. In the York City shooting, he is charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and aggravated assault, and he was denied bail.

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In the West York case, he is charged with conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment. His bail in that case is $150,000, according to court records.

Smallwood is charged with the same offenses in both cases, court records indicate. He also is charged in the York City shooting with carrying a firearm without a license, records state.

Bones, who turned 18 Friday, Oct. 5, and lives in the 1000 block of Kelly Drive in York City, is charged as an adult in the York City shooting with attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, aggravated assault, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Also known as "Lethal," according to police, Bones is being held in York County Prison on $250,000 bail, according to court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.