Police: Man shot teens in self defense

16-year-old killed, another teen wounded, one arrested

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Published: Jan 25 2012 11:21:33 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 26 2012 11:51:36 AM EST
Cumru Township shooting #2
CUMRU TWP., Pa. -

A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed and another teenager was wounded by a man they tried to rob as he rode his bicycle along a Schuylkill River trail Wednesday morning, police said.

It happened shortly before 11 a.m. on the Thun Trail in Cumru Twp., Berks Co., near the border with West Reading.

Police said four people were involved -- three teenagers and a 65-year-old man.

"He was riding a bicycle," said Chief Jed Habecker, Cumru Twp. Police Dept.

Police said the teens knocked the man off the bike and onto the ground. They said two of the teens were assaulting the man when he pulled out a gun and shot them.

"There was one juvenile who was shot and is deceased; another juvenile who was shot and is in surgery," said Chief Jed Habecker, Cumru Twp. Police Dept.

The coroner identified the alleged assailant who died as a 16-year-old Reading boy. He was shot in the chest. The other boy who was shot underwent surgery at Reading Hospital. The third teen was committed to the Berks County Youth Detention Center.

The man who police said shot the teens was not charged.