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Pennsylvaia Mass Shooting

Posted on the 26 January 2012 by Mikeb302000
So far we appear to be hearing the elderly gentleman's side of this story.  While I emphatically agree that it is a terrible thing for this man to have been knocked down while enjoying his trail ride, I have to wonder if a fatality was really necessary in this situation.

Cops: Man, 65, kills teen who knocks him off bicycle

Cyclist is released by police, who say two teenagers assaulted him
updated 1/26/2012 3:19:04 AM ET
A 65-year-old man who was knocked off his bicycle by three teenagers on a Pennsylvania trail shot two of them, killing one, police said according to reports.
The Reading Eagle newspaper said the wounded teen, 16, was taken to hospital and the third, aged 15, was taken in for questioning and was later committed to a youth center.
The paper said the mother of the slain boy, 16, asked officials not to release his name until she had been able to tell other members of the family what happened.
The incident happened on the Thun Trail near a bridge over the Schuylkill River, between Reading and West Reading just after noon Wednesday.

"There was one juvenile who was shot and is deceased [and] another juvenile who was shot and is in surgery," Police Chief Jed Habecker said, according to a report by the WFMZ-TV station.
According to police, the 65-year-old was riding his bicycle when the teens knocked him to the ground, the station said.
Police said two teens then assaulted the man, who drew his gun and shot them.
The man was released by police after they consulted with District Attorney John Adams late Wednesday, WFMZ reported.

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