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Teen Charged After Accidentally Shooting Friend

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – One local teen is at a magistrate’s office and the other in the hospital after a shooting.

Police say the two were hanging out when the gun went off.

Now one of the boys is charged with wounding his friend.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim says the two were goofing around with a shotgun, unaware that there was a round in the chamber – and that’s when he was shot in the chest and arm.

Colton Cline, 19, was arraigned for shooting Tyler Fetter.

Police say the shooting happened in Cline’s bedroom.

“It has been determined that the two young men were engaged in conversation, they were in the bedroom and at some point in time during that conversation the shotgun came out and one round was delivered to the victim,” said Penn Township Police Chief John Otto.

Fetter was taken to Forbes Regional Hosptial where he is listed in stable condition.
Cline was taken to the Penn Township Police Department for questioning.

“It doesn’t appear the intent behind that round was homicide,” Otto said, “we believe it was a reckless act. Facts surrounding our investigation and facts surrounding this have led us to that conclusion.”

Neighbors say the two were friends and they believe Cline was showing Fetter the shotgun he got for Christmas when it discharged.

Cline was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.

He was taken to the Westmoreland County Jail on $25,000 bond.

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