A block watch official said the York City neighborhood where a man was killed late Friday night is normally a peaceful place to live.

Rosario Medina, 44, of 12 W. South St., which has two apartments, was found inside the building suffering from a gunshot wound about 11:40 p.m. Friday, according to city police.

"It's a safe neighborhood because neighbors look out for neighbors," said Liz Poff, who lives a few houses away and serves as a block watch captain.

Medina was shot once and died at the scene, York County Deputy Coroner Jeffri Goodfellow said Saturday.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unknown. An autopsy was to be performed Saturday, she said.

'Safe neighborhood': Poff said she learned of the shooting when she looked outside her home and saw police cars and yellow police tape Friday night.

The shooting is a rare occurrence for the tiny West South Street neighborhood that runs a block starting at South George Street and ends at Penn Park.

Poff said she's lived in her home for more than four decades and can only recall one other shooting that happened at the corner of South George and West South streets a number of years ago.

"Forty-three years here, and we're never had anything like this," she said. "This is a safe neighborhood."

York City detectives are investigating the shooting death of Medina. Anybody with information is asked to contact the department at 849-2219 or 846-1234.


Callers also can leave an anonymous tip at 849-2204.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.