Police: Labor Day shooting in York City a GVI event

Christopher Dornblaser | York Dispatch | 2:52 pm EDT September 12, 2018

The shooting of a teenager on Labor Day was deemed a Group Violence Intervention initiative by police.

York City Police said in a news release  Sept. 11 that the Sept. 3 shooting of a 17-year-old was a GVI event.

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As a result, officials made 126 contacts in the days following the shooting, which included probation visits, traffic enforcement, custom notifications and foot patrols, according to the release. 

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Details: During the investigation, police obtained a warrant for Infinite Ka Corbett, 18. Police say Corbett shot the teen in the 600 block of West King Street about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

Corbett, who had not been arrested as of  Monday, Sept. 17, faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Police say during the foot patrols, officers handed out wanted flyers of Corbett to people in the area and asked them to contact police if he is spotted.

During the detail officials made 76 probation visits, served seven warrants, filed seven traffic citations, made four criminal arrests and made three custom notifications.

York County Probation and the York County District Attorney's Office assisted in the response.

GVI: The premise of GVI, offered through the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and its National Network of Safe Communities, is that a very small number of people in any city perpetrate the vast majority of violent crimes.

To reduce violent crime, law enforcement has to identify and target that small group of people, who often are involved in gangs or the drug trade, or both, according to GVI. Those targeted during call-in presentations then carry the message back to their associates.

The GVI philosophy is that the community would prefer to help people get free of a lifestyle of violence but will come down hard on those who don't get the message.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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