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Md. man shot paintball gunner: Police

A Maryland man is charged with shooting a 15-year-old boy from Pennsylvania with a shotgun after the teen hit him with a paintball.

Sgt. Michael Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Ronald Lee Mull Jr. of Calvert fired the 20-gauge shotgun at the boy Sunday night.

Holmes says Mull shot the boy in the back at close range after a heated argument. The teenager apparently had been firing the paintball gun inside the house.

The teenager from Oxford, Pa., was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment.

During an investigation, police found marijuana plants and two homemade pipe bombs with gunpowder and nails in the house. Police say charges are pending on those offenses.

Mull is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

-- Cecil Whig

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 17, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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just another sad, tragic example of how a gun in the home is more likely to kill or seriously injure a friend or family member, then any criminal intruder.

Statistically, a gun in the home makes the occupants less safe.

I hope the kid is ok.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Just another sad example of VIOLENT MARIJUANA DEALERS.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | August 17, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

How is shooting a shotgun at someone not attempted murder?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

MarilynManson
When they (the bad guys) come into your home with weapons drawn I want you to tell them your story... maybe they will listen and just leave... ha! There is nothing wrong with res[onsible gun ownership. Just like if you drive, there are more accidents within 5 miles of home than not. Idiot!@!!!

Posted by: not4n | August 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

COMMENTS HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR THIS ARTICLE.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | August 17, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

'I ain't saying he shoulda done it

But I understand' - Chris Rock

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 17, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Just another case of natural selection at it's best, weeding out the slow, young, old, stupid and ill-equipped....

Posted by: jsabol | August 17, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Not4n -
That's pretty clever of you to say there's nothing wrong with "responsible" gun ownership. So that when someone is injured/killed by a gun in the home then that falls into the category of "irresponsible" gun ownership. Keeping "responsible" gun ownership pure and intact.

Posted by: LifeBeforePrinciple | August 18, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Not much of a loss,
agree that this is natural selection

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Not much of a lose...natural selection at it's best!!! This 19 year old MAN shot a 15 year old CHILD with a 20 gauge shot-gun AT CLOSE RANGE and you soul-less people can joke about this child's struggle to stay alive!? I pray that you have the same outlook on the worth of someone's life if you are ever forced to deal with something soo tragic. By the way...this CHILD is still in fighting for his life after his 4th surgery to repair the NUMEROUS HOLES left by this hilarious act of attempted murder. HaHa right!!!!!

Posted by: FairField1 | August 22, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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