A few days after a deadly shooting outside of a McDonald’s in York community leaders came together to announce a gun drop-off program starting immediately. Mayor Kim Bracey, along with York City Police Chief Wes Kahley held a press conference outside of the police station on West King Street to say ‘enough is enough.’
“A mother is burying her son. An unborn child is going to be brought up without their father. A family member has lost their best friend, and the community has lost another champion of his future at the hands of senseless gun, and illegal gun violence,” said Mayor Bracey. “City residents can leave weapons at the site, 50 West King Street, with no consequences. It must be though a community effort with everybody taking stock and putting an end to these senseless killings at the helm of illegal guns. We just saw yesterday that our federal government is not going to do anything. We must as a community,” she said.
This comes after the shooting death of 17- year old Joseph A. Gomez Jr., of York. Gomez was shot and killed just after 1 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on South George Street, just hours after an anti-gun rally nearby. 16- year old Flair Griggs, of York, surrendered to police. As of now he is being charged as an adult with criminal homicide and possession of a firearm by a minor. Police said they are not sure if the killing was a result of gang violence but did say two groups had an ongoing feud.
The anonymous gun drop-off is at the York city police station, located at 50 West King Street. York’s NAACP is also offering a gun drop-off site. “We are offering an alternative location at 351 East Princess Street in York,” said York NAACP president Sandra Thompson. “Parents, grandparents, mothers, guardians, go in their beds, their closets, look for those hiding places, if they find a weapon they can drop it off 24 hours a day,” she said.
Reverend Danny Evans also spoke at the podium. Pleading for parents and kids to listen up. “If your son is coming in or daughter, after curfew, if their hazy, eyes are red, they’re buying you gifts and buying you VCRs and DVDs and they don’t work at a pie factory, tasting pies, mother I need you to wake up and understand you need help,” said Evans. “I want to know today who sold you the lie, who sold you the rumor that you could not live and be prosperous. Who is telling these young people that they won’t live to see 21 years old. Get help before we meet you at the grave site,” he said.
Gun drop-off locations:
1. York City Police station: 50 West King Street, York
(Tips can be called in to police at 717-849-2204, or send YORKTIPS to 847411.)
2. The NAACP of York: 351 E. Princess Street
For additional help:
Anyone who needs help with an out-of-control family member can call Reverend Danny Evans at 717-812-8383.