Teenager shoots Santa with pellet gun from window

Sunday, December 26, 2004

SHAMOKIN, Pa. -- Santa definitely knew one boy was not nice this year.

A 17-year-old is accused of firing a pellet gun from a second-story window, hitting a man dressed as Santa Claus on Monday night. Police said the boy confessed.

Scott Slodysko, a volunteer fireman, was riding atop a fire truck when he heard a popping sound at an intersection.

"It felt like a bee stung me -- like a very bad bee sting."

Slodysko said he knew immediately that somebody with a pellet gun was to blame.

He described the wound as "a black-and-blue mark about the size of a silver dollar" and said the attack won't stop him from portraying Santa next year.

"We do this for the kids," Slodysko said. "I just can't believe someone would do something like that."

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