Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, August 31, 2012

15-year old Allentown boy shoots and paralyzes 18-year old and is also wounded

A 15-year old boy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Amir Featherson, is accused of shooting and paralyzing an 18-year old young man, Joseph Ortiz.

The shooter was also injured in a shooting, but it is unclear how or by whom.

From an article:
Amir Featherson is accused of shooting Joseph Ortiz in the back on Aug. 22 in the 500 block of North New Street, leaving the victim paralyzed and unable to move his legs, police said. 
Featherson himself was also shot at the scene, but Allentown police Captain Daryl Hendricks could not say whether the wounds were self-inflicted or if someone else shot him. 
Featherson has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, records say, as well as reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm by a minor and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. 
Ortiz was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment of serious injuries after the shooting, but police said he was expected to survive. 
Featherson, who police found after they responded to the crime scene, was also taken to an area hospital for treatment of "moderate" injuries, police said. 
Ortiz told police he was sitting in his car, parked at North New Street, when he heard several gunshots moments before he was shot, police said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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