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Practical joker is pistol-whipped, beaten in Lancaster

February 28, 2011 |  8:35 am

A practical joker in Lancaster was pistol-whipped and punched by the subjects of his gag, authorities said Monday. Although the nature of the joke was unclear, the response was not, authorities said.

John Otis Moore, 35, allegedly beat up Parris Moton, 23, just before midnight Sunday in Moton's apartment in the 44700 block of Division Street before another unidentified man struck Moton with his gun.

The men struggled over the silver semiautomatic handgun, and one shot was fired into the apartment wall. No one was struck by the bullet, but Moton suffered several broken teeth, authorities said.

Moore and the other suspect remained at large Monday, but Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Ed Stewart said their vehicle had been impounded and arrests were expected soon.

-- Robert Faturechi