Boy, 12, critically hurt in shooting

October 13, 1994

A 12-year-old Pasadena boy was in critical condition at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center yesterday after being hit in the head by a pellet fired from friend's toy rifle Tuesday evening, police said.

The youth was taken to surgery yesterday morning. The state's attorney's is reviewing the incident, said county police spokesman Officer Randy Bell.

The incident happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. at a house in the 300 block of Dorchester Road. The victim was sitting in an easy chair playing a video game. His 12-year-old friend fired one round at him from a Daisy Powerline pellet rifle, police said. The pellet struck the victim in the right side of the head.

The boy who fired the rifle told police he thought the rifle was empty and that only air and noise would come out. He said he fired the rifle to scare his friend and make him make a mistake in the video game, police said.

$500 in property take from warehouse

Burglars forced open the garage door of a warehouse in the 100 block of Dale Road last weekend and stole more than $500 worth of property.

The thieves took a small refrigerator worth $300, an electric compressor worth $200 and rubber truck mat worth $50.

The garage door was behind sliding doors that had been padlocked. The thieves pried open the sliding doors, cut the padlock with bolt cutters, then pried open a panel on the garage door. This gave them access to a pair of vice grips that held the door down, police said. The thieves apparently knew where the vice grips were placed, police said.

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