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Police: Gang dispute led to shootings

YORK -- An ongoing dispute between two York gangs led to a double shooting on California Street that left one man dead and another hospitalized, police said Wednesday.

No arrests have been made in the shootings that killed a member of the Valley Boys gang and wounded a Cali Boys gang member Tuesday night, York Police Chief Bill Mobley said Wednesday during a news conference.

"We know the people who were there and involved," Mobley said. "It's just a matter of identifying who did what."

The Cali Boys are associated with California Street, while the Valley Boys are linked to The Wooded Valley. Both areas are within minutes of downtown York and are about a half-mile apart.

Squabble got out of hand

Police believe a Tuesday street fight between the gangs got out of hand.

"For the last three months, we've had situations," Chief Mobley said. "They kept talking to one another. Unfortunately, it led to the situation we had last night."

The incident marks the first homicide this year for the York Police Department, Chief Mobley said. Dawud Rasheed Chester, 19, formerly of 110 Galilean Road, was found lying face down in a California Street front yard.

Interim York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said a preliminary autopsy report notes Chester died from a single gunshot to his middle back. She declined to reveal the caliber of the bullet that was removed from Chester's body.

Results from the toxicology tests are expected within six to eight weeks, Gast said.

Lorraine Shannon, 33, of 108 Lowry Row was taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. He was treated and transferred, hospital communications director Myra Joines said.

On Wednesday, Shannon was listed in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Crowd gathered

Mobley said no one else was injured in the incident that drew more than 200 people to California Street, according to a police video. Some of the people exchanged words with others in the crowd, as York County's SWAT team and the York County Sheriff's Office helped with crowd control, police reports note.

Police are not sure if one or more shooters were involved in the shootings. They also have not recovered any weapons, Mobley said. Five shells were recovered from the scene, but Mobley could not say if the shells originated from one gun or several guns.

Wednes-day morning, police charged Antonio Maurice Mobley, 25, of 13 Rosewood Lane with illegal possession of a gun, according to police reports. Also arrested on previous charges was Monquarius Antonio Duncan, 19, of 407 Ridgewood Lane.

Police documents state both men were involved in the shooting incident. They remained in custody Wednesday night at Moss Justice Center.

Chief Mobley said both gangs are predominately black gangs and had some earlier disputes, including an incident that happened on Galilean Road on May 8.

"The Valley Boys were working on a car," Chief Mobley said. "The Cali Boys came by and started shooting. There were some shots fired back at them."

York's Detective John Naylis said another shooting happened two days later. "The Valley Boys retaliated and shot up a house associated with the Cali Boys," he said.

A few days later, police chased a Valley Boys gang member after shots were fired in The Valley, Chief Mobley said.

Nobody was hurt in the incidents. Chief Mobley cautioned that area residents should not be judged by the actions of a few.

"You have a few people down there who are creating problems," he said. "They're continuing to get in trouble. The people in The Valley have put forth a big effort to try and clean up The Valley. The same thing for California Street."

Neighbors fearful

When police talked with neighbors about Tuesday's shooting, they say they got conflicting stories about the number of guns involved in the incident -- if people spoke at all.

"A lot of people are scared," Chief Mobley said. "They don't want to talk because of fear of some type of retaliation."

Officials hope to stop the fear and restore security to both neighborhoods.

"Gang violence is not going to be tolerated," he said. "The neighborhoods are going to be safe."

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