YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — A man was killed around midnight on Wednesday in a reported shooting in York City, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.
On Thursday, the York County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Demetres Lewis from York City. After an autopsy, the coroner’s office said he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his manner of death was homicide.
York City Police say they responded to the area of W. Poplar Street and S. Belvidere Avenue around 11:50 p.m. on Dec. 6 for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police say they located a 34-year-old man who was unresponsive and appeared to have injuries from a gunshot.
The coroner’s office was dispatched at 12:04 a.m. on Dec. 7 to the 100 block of S. Belvidere Avenue in York for a shooting with a reported fatality.
According to the coroner’s office, Lewis was pronounced deceased at the scene at 12:33 a.m. on Dec. 7, the coroner’s office said.
The York City Police Department is investigating the death as a homicide.
York City Police Capt. Daniel Lentz said this is the 21st homicide incident in the city in 2022. Lentz believes the department hasn’t seen this many homicides in one year in the last two decades.
“I’m not going to the city, for what? To get shot? You hear that all the time,” Anu Banks, executive director and founder of The Movement of York, said. “As citizens, we constantly suffer.”
Banks runs nonprofit The Movement of York, which tries to centralize resources like food and clothing for the community. He said the surge in violence is due in part to resources not reaching the neighborhoods that need them.
“The resources that the community constantly asks for doesn’t happen, it’s always, ‘Well, we want to put this in place and then we can get to that,'” he said.
Banks said city leaders are focusing on the wrong areas.
“If you[‘re] always using investable dollars downtown when do we ever see that support?” he said.
Banks said he wants to see more money going towards issues like the housing shortage and funding programs for kids.
“There are a lot of programs around here that could use it. There are a lot of after-school programs that could use this,” he said.
He said right now, without the resources they need, people in these neighborhoods will keep being the ones impacted most.
“Kids are on their bike, they don’t budge or nothing like, ‘Oh they’re shooting over there,’ and they’re still playing like it’s nothing. That’s traumatizing to a degree that I’ve never seen in my life,” Banks said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the York City Police Department by emailing Det. Baez at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 717-849-2204 (York City Police tip line) or 717-846-1234 or 717-849-2219 (York City Police Department).