L.A. Reporter Shot With BB Gun During News

Two California reporters came very close to crime coverage this weekend.

By Neil Costes
|  Sunday, Jul 31, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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L.A. Reporter Shot With BB Gun During News

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Fontana police in Southern California arrested two teenagers Saturday accused of shooting a BB gun at an ABC news crew.

ABC7 reporter Leanne Suter was covering a weather story in Fontana, when she was hit in the hand with a pellet.  It happened while she was giving a live report just after 6:00 p.m. near the 210 freeway.

She went on with her report and did not mention the injury.


Suter said she and her photographer jumped into their news van when the shots were fired. Suter said the suspects kept firing, hitting the van multiple times.

Officers went to the scene and arrested two teenagers, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old. They're being charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Suter was taken to a hospital to be checked out, but the injury was minor.

"We are grateful no one was seriously hurt and we are fully cooperating with police in their investigation," KABC-TV President and General Manager Arnold J. Kleiner said in a statement.

A KSBW reporter in Salinas had a victim of a stabbing stumble up to her live van on Friday night in Watsonville. The reporter and her photographer stopped gathering news on a crime spree in the area and gave aid to the man who was air lifted to a Bay Area hospital with serious stab wounds.

Watch the coverag of that story at this link.

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