Boy Shot in Head, Flags Down Car for Ride Home

Boy Shot in Head, Flags Down Car for Ride Home

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(Clinton-AP) -- Police are investigating the shooting of a Layton teen who managed to flag down a car, get a ride to town and walk home before being taken to the hospital to have the bullet removed from the back of his head.

Police say the 16-year-old boy, wounded early yesterday morning, appears to have been shot by a .22-caliber gun.

Clinton Police Lieutenant Dave Valentine said the teenager reported he was walking through Meadows Park in Clinton around midnight when he was shot on the left side of his head, above the ear.

Valentine said the shooting may be gang-related.

After the teen was shot, the boy flagged down a car and got a ride to Layton. The teen told police he walked home from there. A family member drove him to Davis Hospital and Medical Center.

The boy didn't want to report the shooting, but hospital staffers called police at 2:30 a.m.

The bullet was removed and the boy was released from the hospital, Valentine said.

Police do not have much to go on right now, and Valentine says they would like to talk to the people who drove the boy to Layton. They are not considered suspects.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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