You'll Shoot your eye out!....
MOHAWK — Five teenagers are facing a variety of charges in the wake of a shooting incident that investigators say was reminiscent of a Wild West shootout.
One of the group — a 15-year-old participant in the preplanned face-off — wound up taking several pieces of birdshot in the face that landed him in the hospital.
According to Montgomery County Sheriff's Investigator Barry Serpa, the group has gone to the site of an old hunting camp about a mile off of Old Trail Road with four of them agreeing to square off at the site.
"There were two on each side, one group in an old mobile home at the camp and the other behind and old abandoned minivan. They were about 40 yards apart and were shooting 12-gauges at each other with live rounds of birdshot ... unbelievable, isn't it?" said Serpa.
According to Serpa, the youths had agreed to only shoot at each other's legs because they were wearing heavy clothing.
"I guess they were bored and couldn't find anything else to do," he said.
A 15-year-old, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was struck in the face and after an initial stop at Amsterdam's St. Mary's Hospital, was taken to Albany Medical Center and then to Albany Memorial Hospital for surgery to remove the birdshot from his right eye, face, and hands.
He was expected to undergo questioning following his release from the hospital.
"As close as they were, I'm surprised it didn't take the kid's head off. He's really lucky," said Serpa.
In a 911 call, the teens said they were shooting at a rabbit and hit a juvenile, but after we did a reconstruction with the help of [Department of Environmental Conservation Police], they finally admitted to what they had been doing," he said.
Paul Hayes, 18, of Route 334, Johnstown, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, menacing, obstructing governmental administration and offering a false statement for filing.
Ethan Warner, 18, of Fonda, is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, second-degree menacing and offering a false instrument for filing.
Carl Pettepher, 16, of Collins Road, Johnstown, who Serpa said was not involved in the gunplay, was charged with obstructing governmental administration.
The victim, and another juvenile involved in the incident are also facing charges.
Serpa said that the youths claimed that the guns used in the incident were theirs, but the ownership of the firearms and whether or not any of those involved held hunting licenses is still being investigated with EnCon officials.
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01-07-2009, 11:09 AM #1
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Just as wacky as the 4 year old who shot his babysitter in Ohio because he accidentally stepped on his foot.
Police: Ohio baby sitter shot, wounded by angry 4-year-old after stepping on boy's foot
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First thing I would do....
Throw the father/mother of the 4 year old in jail for 5 years for being stupid enough to have a loaded gun around the house where it can be … read more accessible to a little kid. Hell, I have cookie jars that kids can't get to, yet this kid can get to his parent's gun. What is this world coming to?
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JACKSON, Ohio - Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter.
Eighteen-year-old Nathan Beavers was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police say another teen was also injured.
Witnesses told police the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot. Beavers was watching the child at a mobile home in Jackson with several other teenagers and several other children.
Jackson County Sheriff John Shashteen says authorities are investigating. The child has not been chargedSeptember 11th - Never Forget
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