A park in a neighborhood described as quiet and peaceful was the scene of a shooting that claimed the life of one man and injured two on Sunday night, according to police. Police say three men in their late teens to early 20s were shot in the area of Girard Park in York City around 7 p.m. The three were taken by ambulance from the scene to York Hospital and one died, according to Lt. Troy Bankert of York City Police.
Wayne Allen Weedon Jr., 25, of the 800 block of East Boundary Avenue, was pronounced dead at 7:32 p.m. at York Hospital, according to the York County Coroner’s office. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown and his family has been notified.
According to police, the shootings occurred in both the park and the street next to it on the 600 block of East Maple Street. Police say about a dozen shots were fired. At 7:30 p.m., officers had blocked off the 600 block of East Maple Street as well as a portion of the park to investigate.
Police discovered several pieces of evidence indicating that the incident was not random, according to a York City Police news release.
The other victims were a 17-year-old boy, who sustained a wound to his foot and is listed in stable condition, and John MIddleton, Jr., who sustained three wounds to his leg and back and is also listed in stable condition, according to the release.
Concern: One neighbor, Johnathan Egbosimbah, 31, was across from the park with his neighbors, watching police investigate the scene.
Egbosimbah, who has lived near the park for 20 years, said he was shocked by the shootings.
“It’s been a quiet neighborhood, a peaceful neighborhood,” he said, adding that it was a neighborhood where everybody looks after each other.
Egbosimbah, a certified first responder, said as soon as he heard the shots he called 911 and then ran to the scene, where he attempted CPR on one of the victims. He said the violence coming from other areas of the city is expanding and it will be devastating for the city. He said something needs to be done about the high crime rate in York, saying that at its current rate the city will “tear itself apart.”
“It’s all just one little city,” Egbosimbah said, in reflecting on the city’s crime rate.
He said he and others in the neighborhood owned their homes and a had a personal stake in it. He and other neighbors said they will not be taking their children to the park after the incident.
“This is a Sunday evening, this is the time kids should be out,” he said.