Police: Shooting of Spring Grove-area man remains a mystery

Liz Evans Scolforo

A man has recovered from being shot in the back while standing in his parents' North Codorus Township yard three months ago, but his shooter has not been identified.

Jeremy Dettinger, 25, suffered a gunshot wound to his mid-torso while visiting his parents in the 2000 block of Martin Road about 1:25 p.m. Oct. 26, according to Southwestern Regional Police. He was with a friend who called 911 to summon help, police said.

The bullet was fired from a high-powered rifle but apparently lost quite a bit of velocity before hitting him, either because it traveled a long distance or perhaps struck an object before hitting Dettinger, police said. Had he been shot from at closer range, his wound likely would have been more severe, according to police.

At the time, investigators theorized the bullet was fired from at least a mile away from where Dettinger was standing.

In a news release issued Thursday, police said they have "used every means available through forensic labs" to try to solve the case, but still don't know who fired the shot or why.

Police have said they suspect the shooting was an accident and, if that's the case, perhaps the shooter didn't realize he or she had struck a person.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call Southwestern Regional Police at (717) 255-1333, ext. 101, or leave an anonymous tip on the department's website,, or call 911.

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