Investigation continues

Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate the shooting of a Russell woman at Chapman State Park.

Kim Wilkins was struck by what police believe was a stray bullet, probably fired from north of the beach area, on Saturday, May 31, while she was enjoying a day at the beach with her grandchildren.

She was flown by emergency helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment.

“We have nothing new as yet,” Trooper Jeffrey Osborne said on Tuesday. “We are conducting interviews.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Warren-based state police at 728-3600 or Warren County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-832-7463.

With the help of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Services and Deerfield Behavioral Health, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is hosting a “crisis debriefing” for the family and some of those who were traumatized at the beach that day and asked for help.

“The family had requested some extended support,” Dana Crisp, DCNR Bureau of State Parks assistant regional manager, said. “It’s an educational process.”

Wilkins also plans to speak with officials about improving communications at the beach, and possibly at other remote but popular areas of the county.

“Tomorrow we’re going to talk to the people at Chapman to see if a cell tower could be there for emergencies,” she said Tuesday. “We have so many emergencies that happen around here. I would really like to see cell service in those areas for people. I’d like to see what we can do about that.”