Austinite claims he was shot by pellet gun last week

Published 10:29am Friday, August 30, 2013

An Austin man believes he is another victim of someone firing a pellet gun in northwest Austin; he says he was shot.

Ralph Peters says he was struck by a pellet at about 11:30 p.m. last Friday while walking north on Fourth Street Northwest in Austin. Peters said he was on the west side of the street between 11th and 12th avenues when he was struck in the left side of his back by a pellet.

“I can’t figure out any other possibility … other than a pellet gun or an air gun,” Peters said.

Peters said he reported the suspected shooting to the Austin Police Department the next day. Police Chief Brian Krueger said he was unaware of Peters’ report but would look into it.

This Wednesday night, an officer detained a 13-year-old boy who reportedly had a pellet gun near Sumner Elementary School.

A detective is investigating whether the boy was involved in a reported case on Aug. 5 when people were firing pellets at passing cars in that area. Police spoke with the suspect, who was allegedly hiding a pellet gun in his pants. According to the Austin Police Department, there has been vandalism to windows and cars in that area in recent weeks.

An officer took the pellet gun, and the boy was turned over to a responsible party.

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