Shooting Suspect Jailed

By on December 11, 2015

Ephrata Police reported the arrest of the man who witnesses said fired a hand gun at a man visiting a home on the 200 block of Church Avenue in broad daylight on Nov. 9.

Officer Kenneth Lockhart is credited with the arrest of Omar Colon, 26, of Lancaster, who had been on the run since that day when Ephrata PD named him as the suspect.

Colon, who police said fled in a vehicle from the alley behind the 200 block of Church Avenue just after 12:30 on Nov. 9, had eluded police for over a month.

Colon was captured by the Lancaster Bureau of Police and turned over Dec. 10 to the Ephrata Police Department.

The shooting suspect was unable to post $50,000 bail and was committed to Lancaster County Prison.

District Judge Tony Russell arraigned Colon in Ephrata on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, possession of firearm prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Police said Colon on Nov. 9 fought with a man and exchanged punches just after noon. Minutes later, witnesses said Colon retrieved a gun and   fired at the suspect.

The unidentified victim, whom Colon shot at, was walking toward a Church Avenue residence when the gun was discharged, witnesses told police.

Ephrata PD immediately inspected the crime scene searching for bullets.

The shooting occurred in a residential area not far from a day care, church, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Elementary School.

Patrick Burns is social media editor and staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4455

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