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Man shot in face at bon fire outside his Oakland Twp. home

June 4, 2014 News Extra

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State police in Butler are investigating an early morning shooting at an Oakland Township home that left a man in his 20s hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the face.

Ted Divers was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh with unknown injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Police believe Divers was shot between 2:30 and 3 a.m. today at a bon fire outside his home on Route 38 were he lives with his father, police said.

Divers was with two friends and three other people he had apparently met earlier that night at a bar and invited to the bon fire, investigators said.

At some point, police suspect, there was an argument at the gathering. Someone fired a handgun, with one round hitting Divers.

Police said they recovered a 9 mm casing from the scene; however, it was not immediately identified as having come from the shot that struck Divers.

The victim left a blood trail as he managed to make his way up a stone walkway to his house.

Larry Divers was home but sleeping and apparently did not hear the shooting, police said.

A family member or friend reportedly drove Divers to Butler Memorial Hospital.

Police said they have identified all the others who were at the bon fire. Investigators spent the day interviewing them.

Police said those present at the time of the shooting were cooperating in the investigation.

No arrests have been made as of 3 p.m.

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