Police: Two minors shot in York City park; witness said kids were playing basketball

Lindsey O'Laughlin

York City Police reported that two minors were shot Sunday afternoon at Williams Park in York City, near the intersection of Smith Street and Cottage Hill Road.

One victim was taken to York Hospital by ambulance and another in a private vehicle, police said, and their injuries are not life-threatening.

The shooting was reported just before 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Initial reports from York County 911 indicated one person had been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

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The park has a playground and a basketball court where a crowd of kids were reportedly playing.

Larry Blouse, 59, lives on Smith Street across from the park. He said he was inside watching NASCAR when he heard the first shot and went outside.

Blouse said the shooter appeared to be a 16- or 17-year-old boy and that the boy kept one arm wrapped around the pole of the basketball hoop while panning the gun from side to side as he shot.

"He just kept shooting," he said. "All the children that were in the park, they all just scattered."

York City Police investigate the scene of a shooting Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Williams Park. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Blouse said he heard 15 to 20 shots in all.

About a dozen plastic water bottles were scattered on the grass near the court, and two bicycles were left lying on the grass inside the perimeter of the yellow police tape.

A few officers counted shell casings on the court while others spoke with witnesses across the street.

One bullet went through the front window of a small brick house on Smith Street.

Other stray bullets hit at least two cars parked nearby, one in the front passenger seat window and another in the  hood.

Blouse said he's lived on Smith Street with his wife for three years and that the violence has been getting worse in that time.

The couple plans to move out of the neighborhood before the beginning of summer, he said.

"I’m just sad to see it," Blouse said. "Thank God no one was killed, (and) I hope no one was hurt too seriously."

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York City Police are investigating. 

Anyone with information about the incident can reach police via one of the following:

  • Text information anonymously to “yorktips” at 847411 (TIP411)
  • York County Crime Stoppers — 717-755-TIPS
  • York City Police Tip Line — 717-849-2204
  • York City Police Department — 717-846-1234 or 717-849-2219