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Harrisburg Marching Band Member Shot By Pellet Gun

October 10, 2003, 5:45 PM by Amanda Spicer

Harrisburg Marching Band Member Shot By Pellet Gun

A Harrisburg High School student is recovering after being shot during marching band practice, and police say a homeowner fired the gun.

People who live in Harrisburg are just finding out the scary details about what happened
Thursday morning around 9. One parent says his son told him he and the rest of the band were marching on a city street when they heard someone yelling. They stopped and saw that a drummer had been shot.

You see it in almost every small town ... marching bands practicing on city streets. But when Harrisburg High School band members took a turn down Elm Street Thursday morning, something happened they won't soon forget.

Harrisburg police chief Russ Bertram says, "The principal called me and said that they had a student get shot by either a pellet gun or a bb gun."

Bertram says the pellet went through the student's pants, but never penetrated his skin, so he was never taken to the hospital. A school nurse did evaluate him and Bertram says he does have a welt. "You could see where the pellet had hit or bb and just left a big red mark."

Bertram's investigation pointed toward one Harrisburg homeowner. He says, "We secured a search warrant and we did find a pellet gun and pellets and stuff."

Bertram thinks the reason the person may have shot at the kids is because he didn't like the noise interrupting his sleep. But for Harrisburg band parents, there is no good reason. Terry Anderson says, "It made me angry as to what could have happened because of the projectile involved it could have caused serious injury to any of them."

And Anderson wants the guilty person arrested and charged. He says, "I know it's going to be taken care of."

Bertram says he isn't looking for more suspects. He says he knows who shot the student, but so far, no charges have been filed and there have been no arrests. The Lincoln County state's attorney tells us that it'll be next week before any charges are filed.

The High School principal says he won't comment on the shooting, but he say he's no longer allowing the band to practice on city streets.

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