JERSEY CITY, NJ --
Jersey City police are hunting for two boys who threatened to shoot a dog with a pellet gun, then shot its owner when she shielded her pet. The 13-year-old victim was struck once in the right leg in Thursday night's incident and was taken to Christ Hospital in Jersey City, where she was treated and released.
Her injuries were not considered serious, authorities said.
The girl was walking the dog when the boys - believed to be in their early teens - approached her and said they were going to shoot the animal.
When the girl stood in front of her pet to shield it, one boy fired several shots before he and the other boy fled.