Homicide investigation - 500 block of S. Queen Street

On April 27, 2019, at approximately 1253 am, Officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were dispatched to 539 S. Queen Street for a reported shooting. Officers arrived on the scene and located a 31 year-old male victim, sitting on the steps in front of the residence. The officers observed that the male victim had gunshot wounds to the hand, leg and torso. The officers attempted to render aid to the victim at the scene. He was transported by ambulance to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital for treatment, however he was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The victim was a resident of Lancaster City. 

Officers brought several witnesses in to the police station to be interviewed. The person who fired the gunshots remained at the scene and has been identified. This subject is at the police station to be interviewed and is not being identified at this point, while the investigation continues. Investigators are in the process of obtaining and reviewing video from the area, as well as processing the scene for evidence and attempting to locate additional witnesses. Based on preliminary information, it appears there was some sort of dispute or altercation at the residence leading up to the shooting and that the parties involved may be familiar with each other. The victim’s name is not be released, while investigators attempt to notify next of kin. 


The victim has been identified as Tony TORRELLAS, a 31-year old resident of the 600 block of Beaver Street. As the investigation continued throughout the day, detectives conducted several witness interviews, as well as an interview with a person of interest who is believed to have shot the victim. The detectives processed the scene for evidence and are reviewing other information gathered in the investigation, which is still very active and on-going. The person of interest was released after being interviewed, pending additional investigation. The detectives from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police are working closely with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office on this case. 

Anyone with information on this incident are asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717-735-3301 or Lancaster Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.