A 23-year-old man was shot and killed and his father shot and injured in a Clay Township home-invasion shooting Thursday night.
Brett Simmons, 23, died from an apparent gunshot wound, according to county coroner Stephen Diamantoni. An autopsy will be performed Monday morning.
Police have provided few details.
Saturday morning, officials did confirm that no one has been charged. Also, they said, Simmons' father is alive at an area hospital.
Officials have declined to say if the shooting was random or if the victims were specifically targeted.
Northern Lancaster County Regional police Chief David Steffen declined Friday to say if police had any suspects.
An online post, from a family friend, regarding a fundraiser for Brett Simmons' funeral indicates the father is in critical condition.
Police don’t want to say anything that could hamper the investigation, Steffen said Friday evening.
Steffen confirmed the injured man was Simmons’ father. He is James Simmons, according to the property's landlord.
According to Brett Simmons' Facebook page, he enjoyed hiking and the outdoors.
He attended Harrisburg Area Community College, studying physical education from August 2011 to May 2012, and attended Temple University, according to the page.
His Facebook bio reads, “I can get along with pretty much anyone and I don’t let the past ruin my future... My most valued learning experience so far in life is that you can’t trust anyone. The ones you can trust are your true friends and I value that a lot in life and I can’t stand a schemer.”
Simmons worked at Cork & Cap Restaurant, in its banquet facility, according to a co-worker who did not want his name used because he was fearful, given potential circumstances of the killing.
But, he said, he couldn’t imagine Simmons was the target.
“He was just a very nice, kind, easy-to-get-along-with person who was liked by everybody,” the colleague said.
He said Simmons had only recently started working at the restaurant and they had just met a few weeks ago.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at 11:05 p.m. Thursday at 580 Clearview Road.
One man had been shot at the home. The second person, with what was described as “major trauma,” was found on the second floor.
A dispatcher with Lancaster County-wide Communications said the second victim had been shot in the chest.
He was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, police said. His condition was being withheld.
Occupants of the residence told police two males wearing masks and dressed in dark-colored clothing entered the home and shot two of the home’s occupants.
According to reports over county police radio around the time of the shooting, the location of the gunman or gunmen was unknown.
Police don’t believe the public is in danger, according to reports.
The home is owned by Delmar Hursh.
Hursh said James Simmons rented the property for about five years. He said he did not know the family well, but said they sometimes had loud parties.
A neighbor said she believes five people live in the house, a two-story farmhouse, including a mother and father and their three sons.
“Last I heard, (the father) is in stable condition,” the neighbor said.
Another neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “In one sense, it’s very surprising. In another sense, it’s not because the area has changed.”
A nearby resident added that a lot of people come and go from the house at different hours of the day.
One neighbor said she did not hear any gunshots.
The neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said she found out about the shooting when she woke up Friday morning.
Another neighbor said his neighbors, who he believes are related to the owner of the home, are “wonderful people, wonderful neighbors, without a doubt.”
“This is really, really, really scary,” he said.
The Office of the Lancaster County District Attorney is assisting in the investigation.
Police ask any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to contact them at 733-0965 or at www.nlcrpd.org.
Tipsters also may call Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913 or anonymously text LANCS plus your message to 847411 (TIP411).
Staff Writers Tom Knapp, Brett Hambright and Ryan Robinson contributed to this story.
Correction: A previous version misstated where fatal shooting victim was found.