Alleged York City shooter was free on bail in a cop-assault case
The victim in a York City shooting had helped the alleged gunman post bail in an unrelated incident earlier this year, according to police.
Maurice Rucker, 34, shot Page Sykes, 32, outside a city nightclub late Thursday night, according to police.
Rucker was free on bail for allegedly ramming a police cruiser in January.
Rucker is now wanted on charges of aggravated assault, being a felon in illegal firearm possession, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
There is a warrant for his arrest, according to Officer Derek Hartman, York City Police spokesman.
Incident: City officers were called to the 600 block of East Market Street about 10:40 p.m. Thursday for a report of gunfire, according to police.
A short time later, Sykes arrived at York Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left thigh, police said.
Hartman said Sykes was taken to York Hospital by someone else on the scene.
According to charging documents, Rucker had come out of the nightclub saying "I'm sick of this s—" and pulled a gun out.
Sykes started walking toward State Street because he did not want to be around if something happened, and then he heard shots going off and was struck in the leg, police said.
Sykes and Rucker's girlfriend helped bail him out on his latest charge, charging documents state.
Sykes identified Rucker as "Mo" initially, but he gave the full name once officers questioned him again, police said.
"F— it, he put a bullet in my leg. His name is Maurice Rucker," Sykes said, according to court documents.
Hartman did not know if Sykes was still in the hospital Friday afternoon.
Additionally, investigators do not know what caused the alleged shooting.
"We don't know if (Sykes) was an intended target or not," Hartman said.
Cop-assault case: Rucker, of the 100 block of West Maple Street, has been free on $50,000 bail in a different case, for allegedly ramming a Hellam Township Police cruiser as an officer tried to pull him over.
Hellam Township Police said Rucker was going more than 90 mph in a 55 mph on Route 30 on Jan. 26.
Rucker fled when Officer Michael Carpenter tried to pull him over, charging documents allege, and Carpenter lost sight of him.
Rucker and the vehicle he was driving were later spotted in the first block of Hay Street in York City, where Carpenter used his cruiser to try to block Rucker's escape route, police allege.
That's when Rucker rammed Carpenter's cruiser and took off, according to charging documents. Rucker was later captured walking near his home, police said.
Springettsbury Township Police also filed drug possession charges for Rucker on May 30.
Rucker should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Hartman.
Anyone with information about Rucker's whereabouts is asked to text York City's anonymous tip service by texting "Yorktips" and their information to 847-411. Or call police at 717-846-1234.
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