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Teen Critical After Getting Shot By Paint Ball
by Staff | Aug 15, 2013 2:44 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes, The Hill
Two teenagers were playing around with a paint-ball gun and an air rifle when one shot the other in the eye.
Police are searching for one of the teenagers, after the other ended up in critical condition in the hospital.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At 8:45 p.m., EMTs responded a medical emergency: An 18-year-old had collapsed on Truman Street in the Hill. After he was taken to the hospital and an x-ray was performed, doctors discovered he had “suffered a wound made by either an air, paint-ball, or BB gun. He’d been shot in the eye and had suffered a traumatic brain injury,” Hartman said. He was in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon.
Detectives found that the 18-year-old had been playing around with a 17-year-old. They had been trying to shoot each other with a paint-ball gun and an air rifle, a game they’ve played before. The 18-year-old told his mom he’d been shot in the eye, and later collapsed.
Police are now searching for the 17-year-old, who is on probation. Police confiscated the two guns.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
A 51-year-old man struck his 17-year-old stepson in the head with a bat after the teenager intervened in a fight between the stepfather and the teen’s mom. The incident occurred near the corner of Carlisle and Liberty streets in the Hill. Police arrested the stepfather. The stepson was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
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When is the state going to provide us some protection via outlawing these dangerous items that can cause serious injury such as;
> paintball guns
> baseball bats
> electric outlets
This incident happened one block from my home. I know the youth who was shot. It is not enough to say ‘he was a god kid’. What can be said is that this happened at home where there should have been adult supervision ... not just adults in the home (because there were), but adult supervision. These are teens that are out at all hours of the day and night, that are not involved in any criminal activity, but their activity is not monitored by their parents. No excuse. There are smaller children in the home, so I hope that this incident will be a wake up call to them and other parents that you MUST watch you children’s every move, who they play with, what they play with ... and more importantly .. set boundaries. I am sorry for what happened and pray the boy recovers. I also pray that the other youth turns self in and deals with the consequences, and that lessons are learned by ALL!