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Man charged with first-degree murder following shooting at Bill's Café in Harrisburg

Police arrested Shawn Davenport Jr. and charged him with first-degree murder for the death of 32-year-old Xavier King.
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Shawn Davenport Jr.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — One man is dead following a shooting at Bill's Café in Harrisburg on Sunday, according to police. 

Officials identified the victim as 32-year-old Xavier King from Susquehanna Township. 

Police said officers responded to the restaurant on the 2300 block of Derry Street in Harrisburg around 8 p.m. on Jan. 16 after receiving reports of shots fired. Once officers arrived, they discovered King and pronounced him dead at the scene.

After the shooting, police checked the cameras at Bill's Café and were able to see the event unfold.

Officers said Shawn Davenport Jr., a 34-year-old man from Harrisburg, allegedly walked into the bar and tapped King on the shoulder, pulling a gun out of his waistband. 

Officials said Davenport appeared to confirm King's identity and then allegedly shot him in the back more than once.

After investigating the footage, police recognized Davenport and reached out to his parole officer, who, after seeing the video, "almost immediately" identified Davenport as the shooter, according to police. 

On Jan. 18 around 9 p.m., police arrested Davenport on Ivy Lane in Harrisburg in connection to the shooting at Bill's Café. Officials charged him with first-degree murder, various firearms violations and recklessly endangering another person(s).

This shooting is currently under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information is asked to contact Harrisburg Police at 717-558-6900. Tips and information can also be submitted via the Dauphin County CRIMEWATCH website.

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