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Leanne Suter released from hospital after being hit by BB pellet

July 31, 2011 |  8:31 am

KABC-TV reporter Leanne Suter was released from the hospital after being struck with a pellet from a BB gun Saturday while doing a live weather report in Fontana.

The station said Suter was treated for a wound but is expected to make a full recovery.

"We are happy to report she is now doing fine," KABC Channel 7 anchor John Hartung reported.

Two teenagers were arrested in connection with the shooting, Fontana police said. Suter was taken to a hospital after being hit in the hand with a BB round, Lt. Mark Weissmann said. She was standing on Summit Avenue near the 15 Freeway when she was shot about 6 p.m., Weissmann said.

Two boys, ages 16 and 17, was taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, he said. Their names were not released.

“We are fully cooperating with police in their investigation,” KABC-TV President and General Manager Arnold J. Kleiner said in a statement. “Our crews and reporters are very conscious of good safety practices and take proper precautions when on assignment. They could not have anticipated that someone would decide to target them in this way.”

According to KABC's website, Suter has worked as a reporter at the station since 2003. Before that, she worked for five years at KCAL-TV Los Angeles.

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