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Uintah County teen shot by pellet gun while trick-or-treating, deputies investigating

Published: Friday, Nov. 1 2013 5:17 p.m. MDT

A 14-year-old Uintah County boy told investigators he was shot with a BB or pellet gun while trick-or-treating with his younger brother, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, near 500 East and 4000 South in unincorporated Uintah County. The teen said a white truck drove up, and a man, believed to be in his 30s, leaned out the window, shot him and drove away. The projectile went through the boy's clothes but did not break the skin.

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VERNAL — A Uintah County teen is recovering after investigators say he was shot in the chest, possibly with a pellet gun, while trick-or-treating with his younger brother.

The teen was standing near 500 East and 4000 South about 7 p.m. Thursday, waiting for his younger brother to return from a nearby house, when a white pickup pulled up, according to Uintah County Sheriff Jeff Merrell.

A man in the truck pointed what now appears to be a pellet gun through an open window and fired, hitting the teen in the ribs, Merrell said. The projectile tore through the boy's clothes but did not penetrate his skin, the sheriff said.

"He heard laughing and the people leaving," Merrell said.

Authorities were notified about the incident when the teen and his brother got back to their house. Deputies were unable to find the truck.

The teen told investigators the truck looked like a Ford F-150, and said the man who shot him appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s, Merrell said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Uintah County Sheriff's Department at 435-781-5409.

— Geoff Liesik

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