Police are searching for the killer of a 25-year-old man who was shot Saturday morning in Manheim Township.
Xavier Ernesto Garriga, of Manheim Township, died during surgery at Lancaster General Hospital a few hours after he was shot just outside Lancaster city.
Police were dispatched to 851 New Holland Avenue about 3:50 a.m. and found Garriga on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound.
Garriga was targeted from the street, possibly in a drive-by shooting.
“We believe the shots were fired from the street,” Manheim Township police Sgt. Tom Rudzinski said Saturday afternoon, “possibly from a passing car while he was on the sidewalk.”
The killing is Manheim Township police’s second homicide investigation in the past week, including a June 15 shooting in Lancaster Township.
As of Saturday afternoon, police said they were “actively searching” for Garriga’s shooter. No arrests have been made and no suspects were identified.
However, investigators determined that the victim had a verbal confrontation with two males at the Turkey Hill, 806 New Holland Ave., several minutes prior to the shooting. Police had said both men were persons of interest.
Rudzinski, on Sunday, said the men had been identified and were talking to police. He said officials were working to determine if they were involved in the shooting.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 569-6401. Tipsters can remain anonymous with Manheim Township Police’s tipline at 569-2816.
Regarding any relation to the June 15 homicide in Lancaster Township — also a possible drive-by shooting of a man in his mid-20’s — police kept all options open Saturday.
“We are considering the possibility,” Rudzinski said, “but at this time, we are not linking them.”
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman concurred.
“There is nothing linking the two at this point, but it is still very early in the investigation,” he said.
Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, county coroner, said Garriga’s autopsy will be performed Monday morning.
Police and the coroner declined to say how many times or where Garriga was shot.
He died about 8 a.m. during surgery in an operating room at Lancaster General Hospital, officials said.
Surveillance-video footage from nearby businesses is being reviewed for possible evidence.
At least ten police vehicles were at the scene Saturday morning, including an evidence van.
Multiple police cars were stationed around the Grandview Heights neighborhood near Fountain Avenue.
Rudzinski said officers were doing “follow-up” work in that area.
A section of New Holland Avenue was closed several hours Saturday morning, with police vehicles and yellow crime-scene tape around the perimeter.
The road was reopened about 7:30 a.m.
On June 15, 26-year-old Jonathan Santiago was killed while walking near James Buchanan Elementary School in Lancaster Township.
No charges have been filed in that case.
Garriga’s killing is the third homicide in Lancaster County in the past three weeks.
City police charged Christopher Johnson, 23, with shooting 27-year-old Domonique Boyer on May 31 in the 200 block of North Cherry Street.