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article imageLos Angeles reporter shot with BB gun on live TV (video)

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 1, 2011 in Crime
Los Angeles - Leanne Suter, a reporter for KABC-TV 7 News in Los Angeles, was struck in the hand by a pellet from a BB gun over the weekend during a live weather report.
Suter and her videographer were reporting on the storms in the Fontana area when they came under fire by unknown shooters during the nightly news broadcast, reports KABC News.
The KABC news team was reporting from Summit Avenue near Interstate 15 when the incident occurred. Suter was able to quickly compose herself and continue with the segment on the weather situation without the viewers suspecting that she had been shot. She can be heard on the video found below, at the 11 second mark, saying, "look at the blood."
Suter, who has been with ABC since 2003, was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released. The videographer was not injured but the news van was hit, according to the report. Police said they have recovered at least two pellets.
Police were called to the scene by the news crew and were joined in the search for the shooters by a helicopter from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department. They were able to locate the house where the suspects were hiding. Investigating officers found a number of BB guns and pellets, reports MSNBC. Police say they believe the shots were fired from the backyard of the home.
Lt. Mark Weissman of the Fontana Police Department told the LA Times that two males, 16 and 17-years-old were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.
The two teenage boys, who names were not released, were released by the court into the custody of their parents.
Arnold J. Kleiner, KABC-TV President and General Manager said in a statement:
"We are grateful no one was serious hurt and we are fully cooperating with police in their investigation. Our crews and reporters are very conscious of good safety practices and take proper precautions when on assignment. They could not have anticipated that someone would decide to target them in this way."
This is the second incident in less then a week involving news reporters who have become the story while reporting the news in live broadcasts. A Fox News reporter in Philadelphia was attacked by a man during the evening news while reporting from the scene of Philly's worst case of animal hoarding on record.
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