Harrisburg police seek tips after week of homicides, shootings


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Harrisburg police say they’re still searching for suspects in three homicides since Saturday and three shootings that happened Thursday.

Alrahman Williams, 34, of York, was shot and killed early Saturday in the 600 block of Benton Street.

Later that day, 28-year-old Tanya Dorsey was found dead inside a home in the 1200 block of Oyler Road. Authorities said she died from head and neck trauma.

Wednesday evening, 22-year-old Jason Hill Jr. was fatally shot in the 500 block of Curtin Street.

Three people were injured in the separate shootings on Thursday. They happened on Kittatinny, 13th and Shrub, and North Penn Streets. All of the victims are expected to survive.

“We do believe that they are all isolated. We don’t have reason to believe that they are connected, with the exception of yesterday’s, and again, it’s a little premature to say yesterday’s are connected or they’re not, so that’s something that’ll unfold as the investigations continue,” police Sgt. Kyle Gautsch said.

Police say they do have suspects or persons of interest but are not releasing who and for which cases. No arrests have been made.

“Our job isn’t to make a quick arrest. Our job is to make a good thorough investigation so when it’s prosecution time, we have a successful prosecution,” said Gautsch.

The department is stepping up patrols.

“Aggressive patrol saturation areas are going to be assigned. We’re going to continue to be out their on the street,” said Gautsch.

Meanwhile, community advocates are joining the fight to stop violence.

 “It’s important that we get the ears of these young men and women in an effort to guide them,” said John Watson, who mentors people through Iron Dome Legal Advocacy Group. “Sometimes, you have to speak about the consequence.”

Investigators said anyone with information on any of the cases should call Dauphin County dispatch at 717-558-6900 and request to speak with a detective, or leave an anonymous tip on their website. They say you can remain anonymous both ways.

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