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December 31, 2012

DA still mulling charges in Altoona teen’s shooting

ALTOONA — A prosecutor has yet to decide whether a teen will face charges in the allegedly accidental shooting death of a 16-year-old friend.

Altoona police and Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio have yet to release the name of the shooter or many details about Wednesday’s shooting of16-year-old Jesse McElhinney, who lived with his grandparents.

The district attorney did not immediately return a call Monday seeking updated information.

Grandfather Dean Sprankle says McElhinney was shot in the temple after his friend brought over a .38-caliber handgun. The boy’s funeral was Saturday.

Altoona Area School District officials plan to have grief counselors on hand when classes resume on Jan. 2.


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