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Boy, 14, charged with felony in pellet-gun shooting

A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting another 14-year-old with an air rifle has been charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Deputies began an investigation on June 25 after the victim was taken to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. The boy had been shot with a pellet gun on June 22 in the Town of Elma. He suffered a serious injury that required "several days" of hospitalization, sheriff's officials said.

The suspect, whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested July 18. He was arraigned in Erie County Family Court and was released on an appearance ticket.

Deputies recovered a pellet rifle used in the incident, authorities said.

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