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One dead after brawl, shootout in York

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Updated at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday to include the cause of death.

State police are continuing their investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting in York.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans' Political Association, just off of Route 30.

Police said 21-year-old Juan Bonilla, Jr. was found dead on the scene. An autopsy done by the York County Coroner said the cause of death was a gunshot to the chest and the manner of death was homicide.

Investigators said it all began when several people inside the VPA got into a fight, and several shots were fired.

Police said there was a mass exodus out the front door, and once people were outside in the VPA parking lot, even more shots were fired.

When York City police arrived on scene, they reported being shot at -- officers then shot back. That is why state police are now in charge of the investigation. Troopers have not said if it was an officer or someone else who fired the fatal shot.

Stray bullets hit several nearby businesses.

This is the third shooting/death investigation in three months on that stretch of Route 30.

One happened a week prior at Momo's Restaurant. The other shooting happened on September 2 at Five Guys restaurant.

People in the community said they are thinking twice before venturing to that part of York.

"It's getting pretty scary to come out. You don't want to come out late," said Amanda Dillon of Dover. "I just don't know what's going to happen out here any more. It's very scary to come out here and shop. We try to come out earlier in the evening."

ABC27 News contacted the York County District Attorney's office and Pennsylvania State Police for further comment, but calls were not returned.

York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said no officers were hurt. But police who were at the scene were put on administrative leave, pending the investigation. Kahley said that is standard protocol for any police-involved shooting.

As of Saturday evening, investigators said they had not made any arrests.

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