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70-year-old man injured in shooting was not intended victim, police say

A 70-year-old man was shot and has non-life-threatening injuries, according to York City police. Police say the man was not the intended target.
Credit: York County Prison
Amire William Chavers

YORK, Pa. — Update, March 16: A recently obtained affidavit of probable cause reveals that the 70-year-old victim was not the intended target of the Madison Avenue shooting.

Police officers who were at the scene of the shooting say that they spoke to a 16-year-old just after the incident occurred, who indicated that he knew he was the intended victim, who was responsible for the shooting and that it was over a dispute about a girl.

Another eyewitness allegedly approached police at the scene and showed them a recent Instagram video posted by Chavers, which showed him brandishing a gun at the camera, laughing and taking credit for a shooting.

Police say they sent the video to the rest of the department, and an officer identified Chavers after recognizing him as a suspect in an unrelated burglary.

When Chavers arrived at the police station on March 14 to turn himself in, he allegedly admitted that it was in fact his Instagram account where he posted the video but denied involvement in the shooting. The intended victim of the shooting was called to the police station and identified Chavers as the shooter after being shown a lineup of several similar-looking people.

The intended victim also allegedly told police that Chavers had posted several threatening messages on social media directed at him in the recent past.

Update, March 14: According to York City Police Captain Daniel Lentz, an arrest has been made in this case. 

Amire William Chavers, 18, reportedly turned himself in on Tuesday, March 14. According to court documents, he is being held in York County Prison, unable to post bail.

Previously: Police responded to a York shooting along the 500 block of Madison Avenue at 6:18 p.m. on Monday.  

A 70-year-old man was shot and has non-life-threatening injuries, according to York City police. He was treated at an area hospital. 

York police also told FOX43's crew at the scene that they do not currently have a suspect in custody, but are searching for an unidentified man. 

According to FOX43's crew at the scene, several witnesses were being interviewed by York City police.

Anyone with information on the incident has been encouraged to contact York City Police in any of the following ways: 

  • Email Det. Baez: abaez@yorkcity.org 
  • York City Police Tip Line at 717-849-2204  
  • York City Police Department at 717-846-1234 or 717-849-2219
  • Submit a tip through CRIMEWATCH here.

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