YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A 5-year-old boy died after a shooting in the city Tuesday afternoon, the coroner said.
York County Coroner Pam Gay said the boy died at York Hospital around 2:30 p.m., about a half-hour after the shooting in the 200 block of East Philadelphia Street.
The child’s name was not immediately released, and details of the incident are still being investigated.
In a news release late Tuesday, police said a male was taken into custody and was awaiting arraignment on multiple criminal charges. The charges were not disclosed in the news release.
Bertha Moye identified herself as the boy’s grandmother.
“Everybody’s devastated,” Moye said. “It’s got to be a shock to everybody. Nobody expects this, at least from a kid. We bury older people, but children, I mean, he was only 6, 7 years old. His first year playing football, he was so excited.”
Police said they were called to the home just after 2 p.m. and discovered that family members had already taken the boy to the hospital.
York police planned to issue an updated news release at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
An autopsy is scheduled at 8 a.m.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should call York police at 717-849-2204 or York County Crime Stoppers at 755TIPS, or text information to “York tips” at 847411 (TIP411).