Police say Tuesday morning’s shooting victim was found on the steps of this house on the 1100 block of West King Street.
Police say Tuesday morning's shooting victim was found on the steps of this house on the 1100 block of West King Street. (Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)


An autopsy has determined that West York resident Lancelot Hylton died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay, who has ruled his death a homicide.

Hylton, 41, was found dead shortly after 4:30 p.m. in front on his home at 1100 W. King St., officials said.

The autopsy was done Wednesday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.


A West York man was killed during a shooting in the borough early Tuesday morning.

Lancelot Hylton, 41, of the 1100 block of West King Street, suffered a gunshot wound, York County Coroner Pam Gay said.

He was found dead on the front steps leading to the apartment building, officials said.

West York Police Chief Justin Seibel said an officer was dispatched to the area of West King, Dewey and West Poplar streets about 4:34 a.m. after residents in the area called 911 to report hearing shots fired.

That's when the officer found Hylton lying on the steps of the building, the chief said.

No suspects: "As of right now, no suspects have been identified," Seibel said.

An autopsy on Hylton is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital, Gay said. It is expected to help determine the manner of death.

Gay said the shooting does not appear to be self-inflicted, and Seibel said the death is being treated as a homicide.

By Tuesday afternoon, a makeshift memorial of burning candles for Hylton had been erected where he was found.


Shocking: Sherri Kern said she woke up about 6 a.m. to her children saying there was a dead body on the sidewalk across the street from their West King Street home.

That's how Kern said she learned of the shooting.

Kern and her family, which includes three school-aged children, moved to the borough from York City to get away from shootings and other crime, she said.

Though she can hear gunshots now and then, the shots are typically fired a few blocks away in the city. The line between West York and the city is about a block from where Tuesday's fatal shooting happened.

"Overall, it's a quiet area," she said, pointing to a child riding his bike on the sidewalk.

"That's what's shocking," she said. "You move to West York thinking it's peaceful, and something like this happens."

Anyone with information about Hylton's death is asked to call West York Police at (717) 854-1975, or reach an officer online at wybpd.org. To leave an anonymous tip, call (717) 478-TIPS (8477).

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.