Two teenage boys were arrested Saturday on suspicion of firing a BB gun at an ABC7 news crew during a live weather report and injuring a reporter, police and broadcast officials said.
The shooting occurred just after 6 p.m. on Beech Avenue near the Foothill (210) Freeway Summit Avenue off-ramp in Fontana, said Lt. Mark Weissman of the Fontana Police Department.
“They were shot at with a BB gun,” Weissman said. “The reporter was struck in her hand with a pellet. She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.”
Neither Fontana police nor KABC-TV officials would confirm the identity of the injured reporter. But a video news reporter from Multimedios was at the scene shortly after the shooting and told City News Service the wounded journalist was Leanne Suter, a veteran general assignment reporter.
Weissman said officers tracked down the suspects, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, and took them into custody nearby. The two were later released to their parents.
“While covering a weather story in the area our crew was fired upon as they were doing a live report,” KABC-TV president and general manager Arnold Kleiner said in a statement. “We are grateful no one was seriously hurt and we are fully cooperating with police in their investigation.”
Kleiner said the Glendale station’s crews and reporters were conscious of good safety practices and they “could not have anticipated that someone would decide to target them in this way.”