Charges filed after reckless target shooting in Lancaster County

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EAST COCALICO TWP., Lancaster County, Pa. — Seven people are charged with reckless endangerment regarding a target-shooting incident last month that seriously wounded a woman at a nearby property.

East Cocalico police charged four men and three woman who were shooting on Feb. 28 from a second-floor deck of 830 South Ridge Road.

The seven individuals fired multiple guns, apparently aiming at a tree stump in the yard of the property.

One errant round traveled about 1,600 feet and struck 22-year-old Jamie Horning, who was seated inside a home at 553 Reinholds Road.

Horning was wounded in the neck and underwent emergency treatment.

Eight other people were at the Reinholds Road home; they weren’t hurt.

These seven individuals are each charged with 9 counts of reckless endangerment:

– Vernon G. Kurtz, 28, Denver

– Kyle Sholly, 23, Denver

– Wesley Melhuish, 24, Lebanon

– Andrew Richards, 24, Denver

– Brianna Rottmund, 20, Newmanstown

– Tawny Kissinger, 26, Denver

– Amy Dunn, 34, Denver

Sholly and Richards live at the South Ridge Road home.

The round that struck Horning traveled over a field, through or over a line of trees and into a window of 553 Reinholds Road.

East Cocalico police determined the group fired 10 different weapons: 7 handguns and 3 rifles.

The group admitted to shooting over several hours. The tree stump they fired upon had no backstop in place. No other safety precautions were taken to ensure a safe shooting exercise.

East Cocalico police Detective Keith Neff filed the misdemeanor charges. The seven charged were mailed summons to appear in court. They are presumed innocent.

The investigation continues.