Police: Man shot 14-year-old prankster

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the foot while he and other juveniles were ringing doorbells at Arendtsville homes as a prank early this morning, according to police.

Authorities have arrested the alleged shooter, 28-year-old Eric Lee Steinour, and have charged him with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to state police in Gettysburg.

Several juveniles were involved in the pranks at around 2 a.m. when Steinour confronted two of the youths in an alley and fired a shot from a handgun when they ran away, police said in a news release.

The juveniles were hiding when the victim found that the bullet had struck him in the right foot and leg, police said.

His mother transported him to Gettysburg Hospital, and he was later transported to York Trauma Center for treatment of the non-life threatening injury, police said.

Steinour, of Biglerville, was found at the home of an acquaintance as troopers investigated. He admitted to firing the gun and was taken into custody, police said.

Trooper Robert Hicks, a state police spokesman, said it appears Steinour fired in an attempt to scare the teens.


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