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5-year-old shot with pellet gun at birthday party

May 16, 2018 News Extra

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Police suspect a teenager of firing pellet gun that hit 5-year-old at birthday party.

BRADY TWP — An 18-year-old man is suspected of shooting a young boy in the arm with a pellet gun Saturday afternoon, while the child was at a birthday party in the back yard of a home on Muddy Creek Drive, state police said.

Three 17-year-old boys are also facing charges in juvenile court in connection with the incident.

The 5-year-old victim, from Prospect, authorities said, was taken by private vehicle to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries not considered serious.

Criminal charges of reckless endangerment and simple assault are pending against Christopher B. Carr of Slippery Rock.

Trooper Christopher Balcik said that while investigating the shooting he heard pellet gunfire in the area. He tracked the noise to a nearby home east of Route 8.

The teenagers told police that they were targeting shooting on the home's property at the time.

A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.