A 21- year old man is dead after being shot in york city Tuesday night. Police believe the latest shooting is one of many recent incidents between two rival gangs, Parkway and Southside.
Jordan T. Breeland, of East Boundary Avenue was pronounced dead at 10:36PM. Police were called to the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue where they found, Breeland, inside a car and bleeding from a gunshot wound. Police tried giving him CPR but it didn’t work.
The Deputy Coroner doesn’t think the shooting happened on Jefferson avenue, rather that the victim ended up there a short time later.An autopsy is scheduled this afternoon.
So far police don’t have any suspects in the case and they are still investigating.
Police say this is part of an ongoing feud that has been going on for the last several years. “There are a couple of bad apples that are making it bad, but we are going to deal with them,” said York County District Attorney Tom Kearney.
Kearney said it’s not news to law enforcement that gangs are a problem in the city. “Merely association with each other is not an inappropriate activity. What is inappropriate is when you participate in illegal conduct. The people who are doing this are young and they don’t understand the frailties of life. Who can go where, is not something to kill someone over,” said Kearney. “You can call yourself a gang, you can call yourself a crew, I don’t care. What I do care about is the fact that there is a criminal enterprise involved. Young people are getting guns, and they shouldn’t. Young people are involved with drugs and they shouldn’t. And that’s where we are going to step in.”
Kearney says there is ongoing efforts to stop them, but it is not always easy.
“I think what makes it difficult to deal with is we need cooperation from the community to help us. There are a lot of people concerned with issues such as retaliation. We have had some recent prosecutions where we have had some difficulty finding witnesses to cooperate,” said Keaney. “But that doesn’t mean we are going to stop. I mean we will continue to do that. That’s what prosecutors, that’s what law enforcement does. We will be successful with this. York is a great place to live, York City is a great place to live,” said Kearney.
Investigators say the shooting Tuesday night was gang-related. “We believe the victim was targeted, as part of an ongoing feud between two rival city gangs,” said Captain Russell Tschopp with York City Police. “They’re inclined to want to settle things themselves. Instead of getting us involved. Really, the only way to get it stopped is to call us and let us arrest people who are doing the shootings. and committing the homicides. We’re encouraging people if you have an incident, please call us. You know we are here to help. We want to get involved. We want the shootings and the murders to stop.”
Friends say Breeland was going to be a dad, and he was hoping for a son. The morning following his death they found out his unborn child was in fact a boy. “It’s sad to see everyone hurt. It’s sad to see his family and his friends hurt. Even his baby’s mom, his son, without a dad. It’s real sad,” said a friend who did not want to be identified. Her advice to her friends: ”Put the guns down. There’s no reason and of you all should be using guns. Put the guns down. Talk it out. That is my best advice. Talk it out.”
To report a crime: York City PD Anonymous Tip Line: (717) 849-2204