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PSP probe into deadly shooting of N. Hopewell woman could take months
The investigation into the shooting death of a North Hopewell Township woman this weekend is expected to take a couple of months to complete, according to state police.
Nancy Folcomer, 55, of Stine Hill Road, was shot about 3:45 p.m. Saturday as she was riding in a car driven by her husband, according to state police.
It happened as they were driving along the 2500 block of Myers School Road in North Hopewell Township, police said. That's just a mile or so from Folcomer's home.
Her husband called 911 and an ambulance crew responded, but Folcomer could not be revived, according to police.
She was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:32 p.m., according to the York County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is set for Tuesday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Ballistics testing: State troopers investigating the death have sent the bullet to a crime lab for ballistics evaluation, according to Trooper Brent Miller, a state police spokesman.
"They've got to match up the (fatal) bullet with the gun that was used," Miller said. "That could take a couple of months."
Also, state police are doing more interviews, he said, and a full reconstruction of the scene is being done as well. The reconstruction also could take a couple of months, Miller said.
"They're going to map the entire scene," he said.
DA will decide: Miller noted that charges won't be filed until after the state police investigation is complete.
"(Investigators) want to tie everything together first, beyond a reasonable doubt, before they turn the case over to the York County District Attorney's Office," he said.
The DA's Office will then review the investigatory findings and determine what, if any, charges are appropriate, according to Miller.
On Saturday, troopers determined two men — ages 21 and 42 — were firing a 9 mm pistol in the area when one of the rounds struck Folcomer, police said. The bullet entered her shoulder, according to police.
'Reckless disregard': The men are being investigated for suspected reckless disregard of firearm safety, Miller said.
"They are being cooperative," he said of the two men. "They were shooting on private property."
However, just because the men were shooting on private property doesn't mean they were shooting safely.
"You need to know your target and, more importantly, what's beyond your target," Miller said. "Once you pull the trigger, there's no bringing back that bullet."
The men were shooting within a couple hundred yards of where Folcomer was shot, according to Miller.
"Once our reconstructionists get done with their reports, we'll be able to pin it down to the exact distance," he said.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.