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Longmont man shoots 13-year-old boy, says he tried breaking into truck

LONGMONT, Colo. (KDVR) – A Longmont man faces charges of attempted murder after he shot and injured a 13-year-old boy he said was trying to break into his truck.

Patrick Gallagher, 39, was arrested in the incident and faces charges of second-degree murder and child abuse, among other charges.

According to the Longmont Police Department, the incident happened Tuesday night. Police were called to the 400th block of Kensington Street to reports of men in white Cadillacs attempting to break into traffic.

Police said a group of two men and two boys were trying to get into the truck when Gallagher came out of the house, told them to stay away and opened fire on the 13-year-old boy. Police quickly found the Cadillac leaving the area and pulled them over, finding the injured teenager.

Gallagher was arrested for the following charges:

  • Attempts to commit crime: second degree murder
  • Second level attack
  • Third level attack
  • Child abuse
  • Conduct gun shooting in a chaotic manner
  • Unforeseen danger
  • Threats

Court records show the bond is set at $20,000. He posted the bond and was released on Wednesday. A trial on his charges is set for January 25.

Police said they were still investigating others in the case for possible vandalism nearby.

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Tom Vazquez

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