Police: Teen fatally shot in York City targeted

Investigators say they believe the 17-year-old fatally shot in York City on Sunday night was targeted by his assailant, according to police.

Lt. William Wentz, who supervises the York City detective bureau, said the victim, a York City resident, went to the area of the 600 block of Linden Avenue to meet with others Sunday, Oct. 21.

The York County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Ruban Dejesus. 

Police said Ruban was shot in the upper torso in the block about 11:30 p.m. 

“We believe at this point he was the intended target," Wentz said. 

A mark is visible on a sidewalk in the 600 block of Linden Avenue, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, after a 17-year-old was killed in a shooting on the block Sunday, Oct. 21. Bill Kalina photo

Investigation: The lieutenant said it's unknown who Ruban was meeting with and why they were meeting.

“We don’t know exactly how many people were there," Wentz said, adding that detectives were still in the early stages of the investigation.

The lieutenant said Ruban did not live near Linden Avenue.

"He had to go quite a distance," Wentz said, adding that investigators were not sure if the teen walked or drove to the site. 

He said as of Monday detectives have not come across any connection to any other city shootings. 

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Ruban was taken by ambulance to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m. Monday, the coroner's office said. 

Wentz urged anyone with information on the shooting to reach out to the department. He also said anyone with video footage of the area should let the department know. 

An autopsy is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 23, according to the coroner's office. 

'Crisis mode': Mayor Michael Helfrich addressed the shooting Monday during his weekly Facebook Live address. 

Helfrich noted the city has lost another young man and offered his thoughts and prayers to Ruban's family and friends.

"At this point, thoughts and prayers don't cut it," Helfrich said. "We need you."

The mayor urged people to speak out if they see kids going down the wrong path.

"We're in crisis mode, and this is a crisis that a government can't fix; only the people can fix this," he said.

Helfrich said things such as probation or jail are better than having a child in the grave. 

"Please, thoughts and prayers, but please — more actions," he said.

Christopher Laws, who lives on Linden Avenue, said he was surprised about Sunday's shooting. He said the neighborhood doesn't have that type of violence, which is one of the reasons he moved there three years ago.

Laws said his children were inside sleeping during the shooting.

“My kids weren’t out doing that stuff," he said. 

Laws said he had returned home from work after the shooting happened. He said he fears having his children come outside because of the violence.

Laws said parents and law enforcement need to be more proactive

“Are we just going to let this continuously happen or are we going to do something about it?” he asked. 

Anyone with information about Sunday's shooting can call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text tips by sending "Yorktips" followed by the information to 847-411 or using the York City Police app. Texting is the best method of conveying information about this incident, and it is anonymous, police said.

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