On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Swatara Police units were dispatched to the Steelton Highspire High School parking lot to investigate damage to a vehicle parked on the lot. Upon arrival on scene the officers determined that a projectile had struck and damaged the vehicle during which two windows were broken. Detectives were called to the scene and initiated an investigation into this incident.
As a result of a joint investigation with the Steelton Borough Police Department it was determined that the damage to the vehicle was caused by the accidental discharge of a firearm by thirty year old Zuleyka ORTIZ-CANDELARIA who resides in Steelton Borough. Investigators learned that the accidental discharged occurred within ORTIZ-CANDELARIA’S vehicle while it was parked near the Steelton Highspire elementary school. During this incident ORTIZ-CANDELARIA suffered an accidental, self-inflicted, non-life threatening gunshot wound and reported to the Steelton Police that this incident occurred within Steelton Borough. The investigation concluded that the incident occurred at 250 Reynder’s Lane in Swatara Township.
Based upon the facts of this investigation the Swatara Police are charging ORTIZ-CANDELARIA with Reckless Endangerment, Possessing a Weapon on School Property, Criminal Mischief and Filing False Reports to Law Enforcement.