YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — The people present when the fatal shot was fired at Cousler Park Monday night were playing basketball, police said. So Tuesday morning, workers removed the hoops from the backboards, never mind the fact that most people who play basketball there don’t cause trouble.
“Unfortunately, we do have an unforeseen situation that has caused a ripple effect with everybody else’s use of the facility,” Manchester Township Manager Tim James said. “But it’s something we need to do.”
James said Northern York County Regional Police Chief David Lash recommended the removal of the hoops to discourage members of the same group of people from gathering there again Tuesday night. Lash confirmed that. Other than the absent hoops, little evidence remained Tuesday of what happened Monday night.
Lash said Tuesday afternoon police had not yet named a suspect but had gathered a lot of evidence and spoken with witnesses. The York County Coroner’s Office identified Justin Griffith, a 20-year-old male as the victim of the shooting. An autopsy concluded his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso.
Separately, West York Borough Police Chief Matthew Millsaps said his department was investigating two shootings: one along the 1100 block of West Poplar Street Sunday night, in which someone shot a bullet into a home, missing a family that was there at the time, and another along the 1200 block of the same street Saturday night. The Saturday night shots were originally reported by neighbors to be fireworks, Millsaps said, on a busy and tragic night that included a fire nearby that killed an eight-year-old boy.
“It’s highly unusual for West York to see this type of activity, especially in just a 24 to 48 hour period of time,” Millsaps said. “We won’t rest until we take these guys into custody. We’re not going to tolerate that type of activity here.
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As reported earlier Tuesday by abc27 news:
Police are asking the public for information about a deadly shooting in Manchester Township, York County. Officers were called to the scene at Cousler Park on Church Road at 9 p.m. Monday.
Northern York County Regional Police tell abc27’s Priscilla Liguori that there were about two dozen people near the basketball courts when shots were fired and that they all got in their cars and drove away.
Investigators will be collecting more evidence once the sun comes up Tuesday morning.
First responders found a 20-year-old man shot in the torso in the parking lot.
He died at York Hospital.
Another man was shot too; he has a non-life-threatening wound to his leg.
Authorities say it appears the victims were targeted.
Police are asking people to report any information they have related to the shooting by calling 911 or the tip line 717.467.TELL (8355) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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