Juan Bonilla Jr.
Juan Bonilla Jr.

An autopsy Monday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined Juan Bonilla Jr. died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the York County Coroner's Office, which has ruled his death a homicide.


For the second Saturday morning in a row, a customer who'd been in a business along Route 30 in York City was fatally shot as he left that business.

Juan Bonilla Jr., 21, of the 600 block of West King Street, was pronounced dead at the scene in the parking lot of the Veterans Political Association, 807 Loucks Road, according to the York County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Loved ones of homicide victim Juan Bonilla Jr. gather at a makeshift memorial to mourn his death. Bonilla was fatally shot about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov.
Loved ones of homicide victim Juan Bonilla Jr. gather at a makeshift memorial to mourn his death. Bonilla was fatally shot about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, outside the Veterans Political Association along Route 30. (John A. Pavoncello)

Bonilla was killed during a shootout that started with gunfire inside the private club, known as Ada's.

About 2:30 a.m., someone fired a gun inside Ada's, causing a mass exit by patrons, according to state police.

Once in the parking lot, at least two groups of people began shooting at each other, according to York City Police Capt. Ron Camacho.

Two responding officers -- one each from York City and West Manchester Township -- tried to wait for backup to arrive, but got involved immediately when they realized there was a shootout in the lot, Camacho said. The officers returned fire toward one of the gunmen, he said.

Who shot him? It's not yet known whether Bonilla was fatally shot by one of the police officers, or by Ada's customers, Camacho said.


At least one bullet was found across the street, meaning bullets were fired in the general direction of the two officers, Camacho confirmed, but noted it's too early in the investigation to say whether people were firing at the officers.

State police are investigating because municipal officers fired weapons during the incident.

The two officers are on paid administrative leave and must undergo what's known as critical stress debriefing, Camacho said.

"They'll return to duty when given a clean bill of health by their doctors," he said.

York City Police investigators also are conducting an internal investigation, which is standard protocol, according to the captain.

Similar incidents: It was about 3 a.m. Nov. 17 -- also a Saturday morning -- that Christen Edward Latham, 25, of Harrisburg, was gunned down outside MoMo's restaurant, 1193 Loucks Road.

That dispute also began inside the business before moving outside, police have said.

A woman was critically injured outside the Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 720 Loucks Road during the Sept. 2 shootout. That happened about 2:45 a.m., while Five Guys was closed.

Each case has something in common, according to Camacho.

"We're dealing with a crowd of people that had been drinking and wanted to continue partying past when they should," he said. "If these people went home when the clubs closed, none of these incidents would have happened."

Last week, when discussing Latham's homicide, Camacho said nothing good happens after 2 a.m.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.