Coroner identifies victim in shooting death

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By Chris Sardelli

Though the Lancaster Police Department has released only limited information about the shooting death of a man Tuesday night, Feb. 18, the coroner’s office has confirmed the man’s name and cause of death.

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Thursday afternoon that Ronnel Chelvis Thompson, 21, died from exsanguination, or blood loss, due to at least one gunshot wound. 

Morris had been waiting to release the information until Thompson’s family had been contacted and an autopsy was conducted. 

On Wednesday morning, Morris revealed only that a man had been found dead near a Lancaster house. 

“I know the police went out to Meeting Street and found one deceased person by a house,” Morris said. “I can say, his death wasn’t natural.”

The one-story home in the 800 block of Meeting Street is located directly across from Springs Memorial Hospital. At least four cars were seen parked outside the home on Wednesday morning. 

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said patrol officers heard several gunshots and responded to the scene Tuesday night, where they found the victim outside the home. 

“He was the victim of a gunshot wound and was unresponsive at the scene,” Grant said.

See The Lancaster News’ Friday edition for the complete story. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416