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Teen shot in Santa Monica after throwing pumpkins at passing car

October 22, 2010 |  9:21 am

A 15-year-old Santa Monica boy was recuperating Friday from a gunshot wound to the leg after he and others threw pumpkins at a passing car.

Police said the boy and two others were standing near 7th and Ozone streets Tuesday night in Santa Monica when a car stopped nearby.

The youths and the driver exchanged words. The boys responded by throwing small pumpkins at the car. The driver, in turn, pulled a gun and fired at the youths, hitting the 15-year-old, then fled, police said.

Police said in a statement the youths were "not forthcoming" with information regarding the incident or the driver.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Santa Monica police detectives at (310) 458-8452 or (310) 458-8486.

People may also call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS, by texting or by visiting their website.

-- Sam Quinones