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Santa shot in Shamokin(PA)
Shamokin News Item ^ | 12/22/2004 | Mark Gilger

Posted on 12/22/2004 4:55:28 AM PST by Born Conservative

SHAMOKIN — Santa Claus came to town Monday night to spread some holiday cheer and wish the young and old alike a merry Christmas.

Unfortunately, a city teen returned the gesture of goodwill by shooting the jolly old elf.

Shamokin Chief of Police Richard Nichols said the heinous act defies logic.

“Who in the world would shoot Santa Claus?” Nichols asked in amazement.

“Here is a volunteer who supports the community by playing Santa Claus and ends up getting shot with a pellet. This is really sad.”

Scott Slodysko, 23, of 1014 N. Vine St., Shamokin, was dressed as Santa Claus while riding atop a Friendship Fire Company fire truck when, at about 9:40 p.m., he was shot by a pellet fired from an air rifle as the engine was traveling west on Spruce Street near Varano’s Cafe, not far from the intersection with South Franklin Street.

The pellet struck Slodysko, a volunteer firefighter with Friendship, in the right thigh, causing a minor injury that did not require hospitalization.

Slodysko said this was his second year portraying St. Nick, and that getting shot won’t deter him from volunteering again next year.

“No, I’ll still do it,” he said, but added, “It’s pretty sad when someone has to do something like that. “We do this for the kids. I like to see kids smiling and having fun,”he added. “I just can’t believe someone would do something like that.”

Thankfully, quick investigative work by police will assure that the malicious deed will not go unpunished, as a suspect has already confessed to the crime and will be charged today, police said.

Patrolman Darwin Tobias III, who is heading the investigation with assistance from Patrolman First Class William Miner, reported a 17-year-old male, who resides in the first block of South Pearl Street, faces a felony offense of aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct. A juvenile petition is scheduled to be filed against the teen.

Tobias said the juvenile reportedly fired the pellet from a second-story window on South Pearl Street. He noted the fire engine had turned off Pearl Street onto Spruce Street before the shot was fired.

“We were at the intersection when I heard a popping sound,” Slodysko said. “It felt like a bee stung me — like a very bad bee sting.”

Slodysko said he knew immediately he had been shot by some type of pellet gun. “I used to have one, so I know what they’re like,” he said. “But I sure never was shot by one.”

Slodysko said he didn’t miss any time Tuesday from his job at Fleetwood Motor Homes, Paxinos, but that the wound — “a black-and-blue mark about the size of a silver dollar,” he said — made it a bit difficult for him to sleep.

Nichols commended Tobias and Miner for quickly identifying the culprit.

“They did a great job in finding out who was responsible for the despicable act, and we will take him to task,” he said. “Hopefully, justice will be swift and unmerciful.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: santa; shooting
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1 posted on 12/22/2004 4:55:28 AM PST by Born Conservative
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This was actually the headline on this paper this morning. While it may be a big story in Shamokin, the paper used poor judgement in using this as a headline, since there will probably be some children who see this.


2 posted on 12/22/2004 4:57:14 AM PST by Born Conservative (Entertainment is a thing of the past, today we've got television - Archie Bunker)
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To: Born Conservative
I bet the ACLU lawyers are knocking each other over trying to be the first the defend this kid...
3 posted on 12/22/2004 4:58:44 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Born Conservative

I just want to know where this kid was while John Kerry was on the campaign trail!?

Sheesh, shooting Santa - now THAT is low.


4 posted on 12/22/2004 4:59:19 AM PST by Capagrl (Integrity is shown in what you do, not what you say.)
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To: Born Conservative
“Who in the world would shoot Santa Claus?” Nichols asked in amazement.

Philadelphia Eagles fans?

5 posted on 12/22/2004 4:59:31 AM PST by Freebird Forever (MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!)
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To: Born Conservative

I use to drive there and our high school football team played there. It was a ruff town in the 70's.


6 posted on 12/22/2004 5:00:34 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Born Conservative

7 posted on 12/22/2004 5:01:32 AM PST by BulletBobCo (Terrorism is a cancer that can only be cured with a massive dose of radiation.)
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To: Born Conservative

There's no place like home for the Holidays!


8 posted on 12/22/2004 5:02:30 AM PST by black_diamond
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To: Born Conservative
The punk who fired the shot probably posts anti-Christmas rants on DU.
9 posted on 12/22/2004 5:02:58 AM PST by Budge (<><)
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To: Freebird Forever

A possibility.

But would else might try to shoot down a great man who did only good in this world?

Hmmm...

Hey, where was Ted Rall yesterday?


10 posted on 12/22/2004 5:03:27 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Born Conservative

The "magic pellet" actually hit Santa Claus in the back of the head, dropped down to his right arm where it bounced off of Santa Claus and struck the Easter Bunny who was riding in the front seat of the fire truck. Investigators believe the magic pellet was fired from the Toy Depository building ...

Oh, wait, sorry, wrong shooting.


11 posted on 12/22/2004 5:03:49 AM PST by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: Born Conservative

"Who in the world would shoot Santa Claus?"


Hanukkah Harry?


12 posted on 12/22/2004 5:04:10 AM PST by macamadamia
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To: bmwcyle

...high school football...that must be it...this kid was distraught about the 34-13 loss to the hated rival Selinsgrove...yes,that explains it all...


13 posted on 12/22/2004 5:04:52 AM PST by IrishBrigade12
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To: Born Conservative
The headline is also very misleading. I know, I know.... a pellet can be deadly if taken in the wrong place and at short range, blah, blah, blah.... but it's not like he took a slug from a .44 and is laying in a hospital bed at death's door. (No Les, no more... ;-))
14 posted on 12/22/2004 5:05:12 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Budge

Yep, definitely a DU'er.


15 posted on 12/22/2004 5:07:57 AM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: IrishBrigade12
Yes Selinsgrove demoralize the whole area this year.
16 posted on 12/22/2004 5:10:32 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Hatteras

You could put an eye out with that thing.


17 posted on 12/22/2004 5:11:19 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Oh yeah - and F the french too!)
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To: Born Conservative
the paper used poor judgement in using this as a headline, since there will probably be some children who see this

Children react to the truth about Santa in different ways. At age six, I first learned that the Easter bunny wasn't real, then figured out the Santa scheme was all a lie. I was absolutely devastated that my parents and siblings had all lied to me. I figured if they'd lie so needlessly about something that stupid, what else had they, what else would they, lie to me about?

So I resolved, and my husband agreed 100 percent, that we were going to tell the truth about these mythical characters to any children we had.

It had an interesting effect on our one child, a boy.

We told him that other people tell their children that Santa brings their presents, but at our house, Mom and Dad provided the gifts. We explained that since the other families tell their children this, it wouldn't do for our son to tell them otherwise, etc.

Our son got very confused because he was pretty much the only one who didn't believe in Santa, so for some time he thought WE were the ones who were lying.

18 posted on 12/22/2004 5:13:22 AM PST by GretchenM (What we do know has been filtered through the Old Media in large part.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

It could have been worse, he could have been running with scissors...


19 posted on 12/22/2004 5:14:23 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Born Conservative
"Tobias said the juvenile reportedly fired the pellet from a second-story window on South Pearl Street.

Maybe the skills of this little punk-sniper can be put to use for a few hours in Mosul? (~sarcasm~)

20 posted on 12/22/2004 5:15:40 AM PST by two23
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