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Wayne Snowden to stand trial in accidental shooting of boy on bicycle near Pottstown

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - A man who accidentally shot a young neighbor boy on a bicycle has been ordered to stand trial.

Wayne Snowden waived his right to a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Thursday on assault charges. He's due back in court for a formal arraignment June 5.

Snowden, police said, was armed with a 9mm Glock handgun on the front porch of his home in North Coventry Township, Chester County, on May 8 when the gun went off, accidentally shooting the 8-year-old boy, A.J. Hagner, in the leg.

"This was a case of irresponsible gun handling in its most tragic form," said Chief Robert Schurr, North Coventry Township Police Department, said at the time.

Hagner was flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment and released the next day. The bullet narrowly missed a crucial artery in the boy's thigh, officials said.

On Tuesday, Schurr and Jason Owens, the owner of Patriot GMC in Boyertown, Berks County, presented Hagner with a new bicycle.

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