Man wounds teens while firing at theft suspects

February 5, 2008 6:53:18 PM PST
Police say a salvage yard worker fired a shotgun today at two theft suspects but instead wounded two teenagers who were playing there after skipping school. The Aztec Salvage employee faces charges of injury to a child/recklessness, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. His name is not being released.

The 13- and 14-year-old boys were hit with birdshot and were taken to the hospital with superficial wounds.

Police say the boys were with two other teens playing outside the salvage yard this afternoon when they were approached by two men. Police say the men had returned to the business after stealing radiators earlier in the day. When an employee recognized the men, another worker grabbed a shotgun and fired at the group.

The other two youths apparently were not injured. The two adult theft suspects fled, but police are investigating whether one of them is a man who later showed up at a hospital with similar superficial gunshot wounds.

Investigators do not believe the four teens who had skipped school were involved in any criminal activity at the salvage yard.

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