Coroner IDs homicide victim; York City detectives chasing several leads

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
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York County Coroner Pam Gay has released the name of a man killed early Wednesday morning in York City.

Ronald Richardson, 39, of West Jackson Street, was found dead inside a home in the 600 block of West King Street, according to Gay.

He'd been shot multiple times, she said.

Gay will make her official rulings on Richardson's cause and manner of death after an autopsy is performed, she said.

The autopsy was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Thursday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital, Gay said.

York City detectives are still trying to determine whether Richardson was shot inside or outside the home where he was found dead, according to Sgt. Daniel Lentz, city police spokesperson.

Spent shell casings were found outside the home, he said on Thursday morning. Officers were called there about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Following leads: "We have several different leads we are investigating," Lentz told The York Dispatch.

Lentz said police need to be sure about what happened before making any more statements about the case.

"We don't want to jeopardize the investigation," he said, by releasing information that turns out to be untrue.

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Lentz said he hopes to release more details in the coming days.

"With a situation as serious as a homicide, our detectives need to make sure they're investigating carefully," he said.

No one else was hurt in the shooting, the sergeant confirmed.

Lead Detective Tim Shermeyer is asking anyone with information to email him at, or go to to submit a tip through CrimeWatch, or use the CrimeWatch app.

Tips can be left with York County Crime Stoppers as well, at 717-755-TIPS. Callers don't have to give their names to be eligible for cash rewards.

Lentz said all tipsters may remain anonymous.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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