Witnesses, surveillance footage lead to charges in York City homicide

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Statements from a pair of witnesses and video surveillance footage helped York City Police file criminal homicide charges in the shooting death of a 19-year-old. 

Tyrell Shyheim Christian, 28, was charged last week in connection with the death of Ethan Mooney and is still being sought by police. 

According to court documents, police found Mooney just before midnight on Sept. 27 in the 500 block of West Market Street with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Mooney was taken to WellSpan York Hospital, where he died about an hour later.  

Tyrell Christian

Five spent shell casings were found at the scene by investigators, according to court documents. 

Police interviewed the first witness at the scene, according to court records. The person had seen Mooney that night but later left the area. That witness told police she heard that “Big Diablo” shot Mooney because he “disrespected his girl." The first witness identified Christian as “Big Diablo” after being a shown a photo, court documents state, and that Christian was driving a gray Jeep. 

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Surveillance footage near the scene of the shooting showed a gray or silver-colored Jeep parking and a man getting out of it. A second witness, driving a silver sedan, pulled up to the scene just after the Jeep was parked. The second witness was later seen running to his car as shots rang out and leaving, according to court documents. The man driving the Jeep was later seen on the footage driving away from the area after five shots were fired. 

The second witness was found the next day by police and interviewed, court documents state. He said he had purchased crack from Christian the night of the shooting. The second witness identified Christian’s vehicle, saw him approach Mooney and heard the first shot ring out and left the scene. 

Anyone with information about the shooting or Christian's whereabouts can submit a tip to police anonymously through the Crimewatch app or at www.yorkcitypolice.com.  

Tips can also be sent via email to Detective Andy Baez at abaez@yorkcity.org; through the York City Police Tip Line at 717-849-2204; or by calling York City Police directly at 717-846-1234 or 717-849-2219.