On the evening of July 4, 2018 at approximately 8:34 p.m. Ephrata Police were dispatched to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital for a report of two patients who presented with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Following protocol and Pennsylvania Law, the hospital notified police..
The victims – a male, 20 and a female, 22 – had arrived at the hospital by private transportation, not by ambulance. They initially reported that they were shot in the area of the basketball court along the Major Dick Winters Memorial Trail – where it intersects with East Queen Street.
Officers responded and began an investigation. The victims were interviewed separately, as was a family member who picked them up – reportedly in the 800 block of East Main Street. The victims reported they walked to that location after being shot.
The victims reported an altercation with two males that ended in a single gunshot, which injured the male’s hand and the female’s shoulder. Their statements have significant factual differences including timeline and location of occurrence. Due to the nature of the injuries, the patients were transferred to another facility.
The victims have been less than fully cooperative and forthcoming, leaving investigators with a debilitating lack of accurate criminal evidence. Officers examined each location that the victims and others reported that they may have been, and were unable to find evidence of a crime, or for that matter, any of the reported activity.
Investigators do not believe that a present threat to public safety exists. The investigation continues.
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