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Police Investigate Door Bell Prank Gone Wrong

"It's shocking, you know, there's been more and more minor incidents in town with disturbances but nothing to that magnitude," said Dick Price, Arendtsville resident.

ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a doorbell prank that took a turn for the worse when one resident allegedly took matters into his own hands and started shooting. That incident left a teenager in the hospital and one man behind bars early Friday morning.

"It's shocking, you know, there's been more and more minor incidents in town with disturbances but nothing to that magnitude," said Dick Price, Arendtsville resident.

That's the reaction around town after a doorbell prank gone wrong. 

"It's been going on a lot in Arendtsville mostly in the south eastern part of town than around here,” said Price.

It was on an alleyway off Hale Avenue where the two teens were allegedly confronted by the suspect, Eric Steinour. He asked if the teens were lost and then they started running, that's when police believe Steinour shot at them.

"The individual shot at the boys, striking one in the foot. The bullet went through his right foot and into his left calf. The boys were able to run a little distance away where they called their mother. Their mother came, picked up the boys and transported one of them to the ER," said Trooper Robert Hicks, Pennsylvania State Police. 

After talking with the injured teen, troopers went back to the scene where they found Steinour in front of house on Main Street.

"And they spoke with the suspect and the individual admitted to shooting at the boys in an attempt to scare them," said Hicks.

Eric Steinour was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

"Obviously, this incident was taken to the extreme and while the boy was shot and hurt, it definitely could have been worse and thank goodness he wasn't killed," said Hicks.

Officers say if this happens in your neighborhood, it helps to be a good witness and get descriptions of anyone causing disturbances.

Steinour is currently being held at the Adams County Prison. This is an ongoing investigation.

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