Teen accused of shooting 70-year-old man in his own yard

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

An 18-year-old has been arrested in Monday's shooting of a 70-year-old man who was standing in his York City yard.

Amir Chavers, of York City, is facing a host of charges related to the shooting in the 500 block of Madison Avenue, including three counts of criminal attempted aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license.

Bail was set at $25,000 by District Judge Scott Gross. Unable to make bail, Chavers was booked into the York County Prison.

Amir Chavers

The victim was standing in his yard just before 6:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck twice by gunfire, once in the arm and once in the buttocks. His wounds were not life threatening, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

York City Police Capt. Daniel Lentz said the man was not the intended target of the gunfire. 

This was the fourth shooting in York City this year. One of those was fatal.

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A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for March 28 before District Judge James Morgan.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the spelling of the suspect's first name.