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Handgun, ammo, beer receipt seized in N. Hopewell homicide probe
As state police continue to investigate the apparent accidental shooting death in North Hopewell Township of a woman riding in a car, court documents reveal troopers have seized a handgun and ammunition from where the bullet is believed to have been fired.
Nancy Folcomer, 55, of Stine Hill Road in the township, was shot about 3:45 p.m. June 24 as she was riding in a car driven by her husband, according to state police.
It happened as they were in the 2500 block of Myers School Road, police said. That's just a mile or so from Folcomer's home.
Troopers quickly determined two men — ages 21 and 42 — were firing a 9 mm pistol in the area when one of the rounds struck Folcomer, state police have said.
Search warrant applications filed by investigators reveal that after his wife was shot, Charles Folcomer Jr. pulled over in the 3500 block of Myers School Road to call for help.
Residents there also called for help, and one drove toward the sound of the gunfire, according to a search-warrant affidavit.
Shooters responded: The resident found the two men on a property in the 2700 block of Schell Lane.
According to the affidavit, they were "in the midst of reloading their firearm when the resident told them that a female was shot in the area by them and they should go to the scene of the victim."
The two men did drive to the scene, police wrote in the affidavit.
No charges have been filed against them, and The York Dispatch is withholding their names at this point. They didn't respond to Facebook messages seeking comment.
Neither owns the Schell Lane property. The property owner could not be reached for comment.
Seized: Armed with two separate search warrants, state police seized a Taurus 9 mm handgun, boxes of 9 mm rounds, a magazine for the handgun and 69 spent shell casings, according to court records.
They also seized a sales receipt dated June 24 — the day of Folcomer's homicide — from Queensgate Beer Barn, according to records. That was found inside a car owned by one of the men.
Trooper Brent Miller, a state police spokesman, said investigators must rule out, or rule in, whether the men were drinking at the time Folcomer was killed.
"As of right now, we're looking to see if alcohol was a factor," he said.
Miller said troopers are still conducting interviews, finishing up a forensic map of the scene and waiting for crime lab test results to determine whether the bullet that killed Folcomer came from the seized handgun.
"Ballistics testing takes six to nine months," Miller said, explaining the state police crime lab handling the testing does ballistics testing for state police and municipal police departments across the state.
Manslaughter? Miller said the Folcomer case is considered a priority case.
The search-warrant documents indicate the men are being investigated for possible charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.
But Miller said the York County District Attorney's Office will decide whether charges would be filed, who to charge and which charges are appropriate
The decision will be made after the state police investigation is completed, he said.
Miller previously said the men have cooperated with investigators and were shooting on private property.
Firearm safely: He also has said that just because they were 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 has 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, who said forensic scene-mapping will determine the exact distance.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.