Police: 2 captured, 2 sought in shooting near York City K-8 school
York City Police investigate a shooting in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue Tuesday, Sept. 24. William Kalina, 717-505-5449/@BillKalina
York City Police have arrested two of four people accused of shooting a woman in the legs near an elementary school that was in session, and they are asking for the public's help to track down the other two.
Police are still looking for Jervin Perez, 19, of the 100 block of East College Avenue. They also are looking for a fourth suspect who had not been identified as of Friday, according to Officer Derek Hartman, spokesman for York City Police.
Officers on Friday, Oct. 4, arrested Kareem M. Williams, 15, of the 800 block of South Duke Street, and Diante D. Farrell, 17, of the 300 block of Norway Street.
Both were arraigned at the county's central booking unit Friday on felony charges of conspiracy to commit homicide and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
District Judge Ronald Haskell II set Williams' bail at $500,000, and he was committed to York County Prison in lieu of bail, according to court records. Williams is charged as an adult.
Farrell is also charged as an adult. His bail was set at $500,000 by District Judge Barry Bloss Jr., and he was also committed to York County Prison in lieu of bail, according to online court records.
Perez: Perez, known as "J-Dolla," will be charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm, according to court records.
Perez pleaded guilty in York County Court Nov. 29, 2018, to the felony of drug possession with intent to deliver and the misdemeanor of illegal possession of a firearm by a minor for a 2017 robbery and shooting in York City, according to court records.
He was 17 years old when he shot a Dallastown teen while robbing him of cash and drugs on Oct. 25, 2017, according to court records.
Perez also pistol-whipped the 15-year-old victim in the back of the head, police said at the time.
In exchange for his plea, Perez's charges of robbery and aggravated assault were dropped, records state.
The allegations: A 28-year-old woman was walking in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue, near her home, about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, when she heard a man behind her say, "There she goes," according to charging documents.
Perez, Williams, Farrell and a fourth person "boxed in" the woman, blocking off any escape route, police said.
Perez then walked in front of her, pulled out a gun and fired at her from about 5 to 10 feet away, according to police.
The woman suffered gunshots to both legs, and a bullet fractured her thigh bone, police have said.
Hartman said investigators are not yet sure of the motive in the case, but he said it appears the men knew her.
Hartman was able to confirm the shooting had nothing to do with drugs or a drug debt.
After the shooting, the foursome fled toward Oak Lane, charging documents state.
The woman was found lying on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Kurtz Avenue and taken to York Hospital by ambulance, police said.
The shooting scene is about a block away from McKinley K-8 school, at 600 Manor St., and school officers alerted patrol officers to the shooting, documents state.
The gunfire prompted officials at four city schools to institute a shelter-in-place order as a safety precaution, according to the York City School District. The order was lifted before the end of the school day.
William Penn Senior High School, Goodridge Academy and Jackson K-8 school were the other three schools that sheltered in place, school officials have said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Perez or Farrell, or information about the identity of the fourth person being sought, is asked to call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411.
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