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Anthony Russell, 16, arrested in shooting of man on playground in Reading

Suspect jailed on charges of attempted 1st degree murder, assault

Boy, 16, arrested in shooting on playground in Reading

READING, Pa. - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in the shooting of a man on a playground in Reading.

Anthony Russell was behind bars Monday on adult charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Russell was with two other people on the 2nd and Oley streets playground last Tuesday night when they began to argue with someone, police said. Russell then pulled out a gun and shot the person in his left leg, according to court documents.

A person who was with the victim at the time of the shooting gave police a detailed description of the gunman, according to court documents.

The same witness spotted Russell sitting at a bus stop at North 5th and Spring streets Saturday afternoon and called police, according to court documents.

Russell, identified as the suspect, was arrested about a half-hour later in the 700 block of Spring Street and committed to the Berks County Jail on $500,000 bail. He's due in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 8.


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