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Published January 14, 2012, 01:10 PM

Bullet removed from back of teen shot at school

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Doctors have removed a bullet from the back of a 13-year-old Texas boy shot while trying out for his middle school basketball team in December.

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Doctors have removed a bullet from the back of a 13-year-old Texas boy shot while trying out for his middle school basketball team in December.

Donna Tijerina told The McAllen Monitor that doctors removed the bullet from her son's back Thursday at a Houston hospital. Nicholas Tijerina still does not have feeling in his legs.

Tijerina and Edson Amaro were shot Dec. 12 outside Harwell Middle School. On Jan. 6, authorities charged Dustin Wesley Cook with aggravated assault for shooting 14-year-old Amaro, who lost a kidney. Cook was target shooting with a sniper rifle on ranchland nearly a mile away, but in line with the school.

Sheriff Lupe Trevino has indicated that if a bullet was recovered from Tijerina investigators would seek a ballistic match and charges.

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