Victim of city shooting dies

The gunshot victim who literally was “dumped” by a motorist outside the Williamsport Regional Medical Center’s emergency room early Wednesday morning died of his injuries late Friday afternoon, city police said.

Khalil Malik Harris, 27, of Williamsport, was surrounded by family members when he died in the hospital’s intensive care unit of gunshot wounds to the upper body, Agent Raymond O. Kontz III confirmed.

The medical staff worked with a transplant team to harvest what organs they could from Harris in an effort to save other lives, Kontz said.

Harris was the fifth homicide in the city this year.

The young man was dropped off by an unknown motorist, who pulled up to the hospital’s emergency room and yelled for “help” just before 3 a.m., investigators were told.

A hospital staffer quickly brought a wheelchair out to the car, but it was believed that additional staff came out with a stretcher and rushed Harris into a treatment room, investigators said.

The motorist sped away, and police are asking the public’s help in developing additional leads in the case. Anyone who has any information about the shooting is asked to call police at 570-327-7529 or 570-433-3166.

Police are trying to determine not only who killed Harris, but they also are trying to learn where the shooting occurred, who witnessed it and what the motive was behind the violence.

Harris, who is believed to have been employed by a temp agency, lived in the city with his girlfriend and the couple’s young son.

Police and county District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt “are vigorously investigating” this case, Kontz said.

While police were working this latest homicide, state troopers late Friday night rushed to Slate Run to investigate a shooting in the 14000 block of Route 414.

Few details were known, but the Sun-Gazette was told that a man reportedly was shot at as he was approaching a home about 9:40 p.m. The shooter was reportedly inside the home. No other information was available, but it was believed that initial reports of a shooting victim were inaccurate.

The city’s four other homicides this year were:

Terell Hasan Henderson-Littles, 21, shot to death in the 300 block of Susquehanna Street on Jan. 9, two men have been charged in the case.

Donte Marks, 22, shot to death in an apartment at 1261 W. Fourth St. on Jan. 13; one man has been charged in the case.

Ansari Wilson, 21, shot to death inside 1510 Scott St. on July 20; the alleged gunman has been arrested.

Lynn Wright, 53, died of multiple injuries in her home at 1450 W. Fourth Street which was then set on fire on Oct. 25. Her husband has been charged and jailed on homicide-related offenses.