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Friday, February 24, 2006 - Page updated at 12:07 PM


Teenager faces charges in Oregon high school shooting

The Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Police identified the 14-year-old suspect in a schoolyard shooting and said today they're still trying to pin down a motive.

Police said they've filed charges of attempted murder, assault and firearms violations against Vincent Wayne Leodoro, a freshman at Roseburg High School.

Roseburg Police Sgt. Aaron Dunbar said Leodoro would be tried as a juvenile under Oregon law.

He said Leodoro is three months shy of turning 15, the age at which he could have been tried as an adult under Oregon law.

The teenager is accused of wounding Joseph Monti, 16, a sophomore at Roseburg. So far, Dunbar said, detectives haven't settled on what they believe is the motive for the shooting.

Dunbar said today that Monti had been cited on a misdemeanor charge of harassment earlier this month for spitting on a rider on a school bus. Dunbar said there was no obvious connection with the shooting.

Monti was cited and released to the school afterward, and there have been no other developments in that case, Dunbar said.

Monti was reported in serious but stable condition today at Mercy Medical Center. The day before, after a morning of surgery, he had been reported in critical condition.

The hospital reported that his surgeon believed that Monti had been shot in the back. Police said he was hit three times in the torso and his elbow was grazed, but because a shot could have hit the elbow and continued into his body, they couldn't determine exactly how many shots were fired.

The shooting came just before classes were to begin Thursday morning. Police and witnesses said they tracked Leodoro 500 yards from the south courtyard of the high school to a restaurant, where the shooting suspect was seen to put a handgun to his head before surrendering to the police.

Dunbar said investigators are examining two theories about a motive for the shooting. "That part of the investigation is ongoing, so it wouldn't be appropriate to comment on that," he said.

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