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Ted Czech for York Daily Record, Pa. 8 months ago

York police chief: Saturday shooting deaths not random act

The deaths of two men, Braydon Aldinger and Derek Ferree, shot Saturday in York -- were not random acts of violence, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said Sunday.

Kahley said he could not say much more about what led to the homicides, because his detectives were still piecing together exactly what happened.

About 7 p.m. Saturday, York City Police and the county coroner's office were called to West Mason Avenue, near South Hartley Street, where two male victims had been found suffering from gunshot wounds.

As for who might be responsible for the homicides, "We're actively looking at some people right now," he said.

Kahley said he tweeted on the department's Twitter account Sunday morning that "While any act of violence is unacceptable we want to assure the public that last nights homicide was not a random act of violence," so that there would not be undue concern among city residents.

The deaths of Aldinger, 23, and Ferree, 26, mark the 9th and 10th apparent homicides in the city this year. Two other York County homicides this year have occurred outside of the city.

Saturday's shooting in York was the third of the day in the county -- there were two in North York in which the victims survived, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

Although autopsies will be conducted Monday on the bodies to determine the official cause and manner of death, Kahley said both deaths were seen by police as homicides.

Kahley said his detectives were aware of reports -- as Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said Saturday -- that one of the victims had been run over by a vehicle after being shot, but that he would wait to see what the autopsy revealed to say any more.

In the meantime, detectives continue to interview witnesses, he said.

"We believe we understand what occurred and what didn't occur," but in order to get the correct information from future witnesses, police do not want them gleaning it from media sources, Kahley said.

Kahley added that both Aldinger and Ferree live outside the city. As to what brought them to York, Kahley said, "I can't talk about that right now."

Jim Sneddon, 70, who lives in the 500 block of West Market Street, and whose garage faces West Mason Avenue, said he and wife Joyce were out Saturday and came home to find the avenue closed off with yellow police tape and a police cruiser.

"The people on the corner told us it was two people shot and killed," Sneddon said Sunday.

Sneddon said when he walked out of his garage Sunday morning, he noticed orange spray-paint on West Mason Avenue, where police had marked the location of shell casings.

He said that it's not uncommon to hear gunshots in his neighborhood.

"You don't necessarily feel unsafe, but I'm not happy about this one," he said. "It's close, for one thing, and the fact that my wife uses the garage on a daily basis."

Update: 12:45 p.m.

Reporter Ted Czech shows spray paint markings left by police last night as they were investigating the double shooting on West Mason Avenue at South Hartley Street.

Update, 11:50 a.m.

York City Police could not be reached for details on the shootings. Police have not issued any updates, either on their website or by the Citizen Observer service, the system they typically use for serious incidents.

Update, 11 a.m.

The deaths of Braydon Aldinger and Derek Ferree, killed Saturday in York, mark the 9th and 10th apparent homicides in the city this year. This was the third shooting of the day in York County.

Two overnight shootings happened in North York.

In one, community activist Wayne Scott was shot in the leg.

There were two other homicides outside of the city this year. Here are the eight in York:

Jan. 4 -- Rosario Medina, 44, York.

Location: His home in the first block of West South Street. Cause: Gunshot.

Jan. 31 -- Nakia Sharif Williams, 37, York.

Location: 400 block of South Pershing Street Cause: Stabbing.

Feb. 10 -- Trevahn Kent, 21, York.

Location: East Market and North State streets, York Cause: Gunshot.

April 13 -- Joseph A. Gomez Jr., 17, York.

Location: Parking lot of McDonald's in the 100 block of South George Street, York Cause: Gunshot.

July 27 -- William Louis "Micky" Baxter, 48, York.

Location: near Liberty Court and South Pine Street Cause: Gunshot.

Aug. 17 -- Jaime "Butter" Sanabria, 25, York.

Location: 376 Walnut St. Cause: Gunshot.

Oct. 15 -- Jordan T. Breeland, 21, York.

Location: near intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Thomas Street Cause: Gunshot.

Nov. 6 -- Monique Nixon, 49, of York.

Location: 200 block of South Queen Street Cause: Gunshot.

There were two other homicides outside of the city this year:

June 1 -- Sandra "Sandy" Mulder, 52, Carroll Township.

Location: Her home in the 200 block of Chestnut Grove Road, Carroll Township Cause: Positional asphyxiation.

Nov. 20 -- William Terrell, 37, York.

Location: West Philadelphia and Adams streets, West York Cause: Gunshot.

In 2012, there were 11 homicides in York, and six in other parts of York County.

Update: 8 a.m.

Reporter Ted Czech at the scene of Saturday's shooting in York.

UPDATE: 6 a.m. Sunday

Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said the two men killed Saturday were Braydon Aldinger, 23, and Derek Ferree, 26. Both men lived in York.

Autopsies will be performed Monday morning in Lehigh Valley.

Stabley said he anticipates the autopsy results will be available around noon on Monday.

Update: 11 p.m.

Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said the deceased are two white men ranging in age from 20s to 30s.

Stabley said they have a possible ID of one of the victims, but not the other.

Stabley said he had heard reports that one of the victims had been run over by a car after being shot, but he said that wasn't obvious at the scene.

Autopsies will be done Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

York City Police have not made a statement.

Update: 8 p.m.

Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said two men are dead at the scene.

He will release more later.

The shooting's exact location is in an alley off West Mason Avenue at South Hartley Street.

Original report

Crews are responding to a report of a shooting where two people were shot just after 7 p.m. Saturday in York, according to York County 911.

The shooting happened at South Hartley and West King streets.

York County 911 said the coroner has been called to the scene for one of the two patients.

This is the third shooting of the day in York County.

Two overnight shootings happened in North York.

In one, community activist Wayne Scott was shot in the leg.

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