- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 2, 2016

A 14-year-old Oklahoma boy is recovering form surgery after being shot several times by his neighbor who fired on a group of teens playing ding-dong-ditch.

Police said Cole Peyton and two of his friends were ringing doorbells and running off early New Year’s Day in their neighborhood in Pryor, when the homeowner came out of his front door and started shooting, a local CBS affiliate reported.

The neighbor has not yet been arrested. The case has been turned over to the district attorney who is looking into whether the shooting was justified.

“The investigation now centers around whether the homeowner’s use of deadly force was lawful or illegal,” said Chief of Police Steven W. Lemmings, CBS reported.

Police said Cole and his two friends were walking through his neighborhood around 1:30 New Year’s morning, ringing doorbells and running off, when the prank resulted in gunfire.

Cole’s mom told reporters that the boys rang the doorbell earlier in the night and were on their way home when the boys walked past the house again and the shooting started.

Cole told his mom the man yelled, “Hey,” then shot him in the back, to which he yelled to his friends, “Run!” CBS reported.

Cole was also shot in the arm. The other bullet went straight through his body, puncturing his liver.

His wrestling coach told CBS Cole is a “great kid to be around,” and said his thoughts and prayers are with him.

Cole is a freshman at Pryor High School. He’s a football player, a wrestler and is on the Honor Roll.

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