Suspect, 16, will be charged as adult in June 27 fatal shooting of York woman

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YORK CITY, Pa. — A 16-year-old male has been taken into custody by York City Police for the fatal shooting of Elizabeth Vega-Tirado.

Police say they obtained an arrest warrant for Leandro Pilier, 16 and officers from the York City Neighborhood Unit then saw the suspect and detained him after a short foot pursuit.

The arrest comes exactly one month after Vega-Tirado, 48, lost her life after being caught in the crossfire of a shooting along West Princess Street in York City.

On June 27 at approximately 3:45 p.m., police were dispatched to the intersection of West Princess St. at S. Belividere Avenue for a reported shooting.

Upon arrival, Vega-Tirado was found laying in the southeast corner of the intersection with a bag of groceries laying beside her. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and she died as a result of her injuries.

Police found three 9 mm and two .22 cal shell casings in front of a residence in the 700 block of W. Princess St.

Police also obtained video surveillance from Bev’s Grocery Store in the 600 block of W. Princess St. The video shows Vega-Tirado walking out of that store toward W. Princess St. in an attempt to cross.

As Vega-Tirado walks out into the street, a vehicle cuts her off and when she steps back to dodge the vehicle, she was struck by gunfire and fell to the ground.

After interviews with a number of bystanders, it was determined that at the time of the shooting, Pilier stepped off a porch in the area, and pulled a gun from his waistband, and walked around a parked van in the area.

According to witnesses, Pilier was seen firing the gun eastbound, as Vega-Tirado was struck and fell to the ground.

Pilier then walked from the area through a breezeway.

Now, Pilier will be charged as an adult with criminal homicide.

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