21-year-old charged in homicide

The city’s most recent homicide shocked many with its apparent brutality. Now, police believe they have one of those responsible in custody – a 21-year-old man has been charged with homicide. Police say the man shot and killed Ansari Wilson, 21, in a residence on Scott Street Saturday evening.

Tyrell Boyd, 21, of 4918 N. Ninth St. in Philadelphia, has been charged with criminal homicide, felony aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and fleeing apprehension.

Shots rang out on Scott Street at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, prompting frightened citizens to contact police. The first officers on the scene peered through the window of 1510 Scott St. and found a grisly sight – Wilson lying on the living room floor, bleeding and unresponsive.

Paramedics rushed Wilson to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center for the apparent gunshot wounds in his abdomen. However, doctors were unable to save the injured man. He was pronounced dead at about 6 p.m., according to reports.

Luckily, investigators were able to follow a string of evidence from around and near the crime scene. Inside the home, police uncovered handgun casings and a bullet, records state.

Witnesses also came forward to help authorities. One woman told investigators that she had received a phone call from Boyd shortly after the shooting had occurred, according to reports.

“I just hit Muk,” Boyd allegedly told the woman.

In the affidavit, police wrote that the witness understood that by “hit” Boyd apparently meant “shooting,” and that “Muk” apparent was a nickname for Wilson.

“He died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen,” Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling said Monday shortly after an autopsy was performed. The coroner was unwilling to say how many times Wilson was struck by gunfire, but he said “there was one (bullet wound) that was in the right place to put him down.” Other details are being kept confidential as authorities continue their investigation.

Police tracked Boyd to Philadelphia, where he allegedly fled soon after the shooting, records state.

Although only a young man, Boyd already has a criminal record. His previous convictions for possession with attempt to deliver (drugs) and aggravated assault make it illegal for him to carry a firearm, according to police.

Boyd was arraigned Monday evening before District Judge James H. Sortman. He currently is incarcerated without bail.

A toxicology of Wilson’s body and full autopsy report won’t be ready for several weeks. In the meantime, his remains have been released to a funeral home in Philadelphia at the request of his family, according to officials.

The Sun-Gazette initially incorrectly reported the suspect’s age to be 14.