Police: Felon captured, shot York City man in eye, shoulder

Que'Sean Brown

York City Police have arrested a York City felon for allegedly shooting another man in the eye last month, police said.

Que'Sean Jalen Brown, known as "J-Hood," was arrested Wednesday, July 3, according to Officer Derek Hartman, York City Police spokesman.

Police allege Brown, 24, shot Johnnie Howell near the 500 block of Girard Avenue about 1:25 a.m. June 22, according to police.

Police said Howell, 38, of York City, suffered a gunshot wound to the left eye and a second gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Brown, of the 900 block of West Locust Street, remains in York County Prison on $500,000 bail, charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and reckless endangerment.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service's fugitive task force captured Brown about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in a home in the 800 block of East King Street, according to a news release from the marshals service.

The task force members found and seized a loaded gun during the arrest, the news release states.

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Police said Howell was with another person in a nearby alley that night when Brown got out of a white Chrysler 200 sedan.

He said "Don't run p—" before opening fire with a handgun, then getting back into the vehicle and fleeing, court documents allege.

Howell ran to the 500 block of Girard Avenue, where he got help from an ambulance crew and police, court documents state. He was taken to York Hospital, then transferred to Hershey Medical Center before he was released.

The shooting of Howell was one of several shootings that happened between June 21 and June 22.

John Depina, 34, of York City, was shot during a dispute in the 900 block of Wayne Avenue about 6 p.m. June 21, according to police, who said investigators are still trying to identify the shooter. Depina was treated at York Hospital and later released.

About 1:15 a.m. June 22, police found Simeon Hayes, 34, of York City, in the 700 block of East King Street. Hayes was shot once in the left arm and once in the leg, police have said.

There were also two shots-fired incidents, one in the 300 block of Girard Avenue about 12:40 a.m. June 22, and the other in the 600 block of East Market Street about 1:12 a.m. June 22, according to police.

Hartman said investigators at this time won't speculate if the incidents are related.

2012 shooting: Brown was involved in a shooting in 2012, according to court records.

Police said Brown was at a party in the 600 block of Manor Street about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2012. 

Brown told police that he was at the party and that gunfire rang out as he was running out of a breezeway, court documents state.

Brown, who hung out in the city's west end, told police he knew that there could be problems if he hung out at a party attended by south-side residents, according to authorities.

When Brown was found, police discovered a stolen handgun near him, which he denied using or having, police said. 

However, investigators discovered six casings had been discharged from that gun, court documents state. Brown's DNA was found on the gun, police said.

Brown was one of six people shot that night, according to police. He initially was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, 20 counts of reckless endangerment and related offenses.

In October 2014, he pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony of carrying a firearm without a license. The remainder of his charges were dismissed and he was sentenced to four to 23 months in York County Prison, court records state.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser. Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.