The Ephrata Police Department has concluded the investigation into a shooting reported on July 4, 2018 at 8:34 p.m. Police have determined that the original report of a shooting in the area of the basketball court along the Major Dick Winters Memorial Trail was false, as originally suspected.
The investigation revealed that an accidental shooting occurred at a residence in East Cocalico Township. East Cocalico Township Police assisted with the investigation. At this time the shooting is not being investigated as a crime. Those involved fabricated a story prior to arriving at Wellspan-Ephrata Community Hospital. Ephrata Police are investigating the false report and expect to charge those involved next week at the conclusion of the investigation.