The fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Clay Twp. man during a home invasion that also left his father seriously wounded appears to be connected to the drug trade.

Chief of Northern Lancaster regional police David Steffen said Wednesday morning that the ongoing investigation shows the shooting was not a random attack.

"We're highlighting that nothing at all in this investigation suggests an element of randomness," Steffen said.

District Attorney Craig Stedman released this statement regarding the investigation:

"We have reason to believe this was drug related and it is quite possible that robbery was a motive. While we have developed a number of leads, at this point we have developed no information to suggest this was random.  However, we have not ruled out anything and are looking at all possibilities."

Steffen said police finished their work at the house last week and have turned it back over to the tenants.

Clay Township residents have expressed their fears after police released little information following the Sept. 25 shooting.

James Simmons said his son didn't deserve to die.

Police have released descriptions of two suspects.

One is described as a young adult male, 5'9"-5'11" and of average build.

The other is a young adult male with dark eyes, blonde hair, about 5'9" and of average build. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Sgt. David Burdis at 717-733-0965 or burdisd@police.co.lancaster.pa.us. Tipsters also may call Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913 or anonymously text LANCS plus your message to 847411 (TIP411).

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for the crime.

Check back with Lancaster Online for more details as they become available.



Ryan Mellon is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers general assignments and the Manheim Township School District. He can be reached at rmellon@lnpnews.com or (717) 481-6127. You can also follow @rmellon_lnpnews on Twitter.