14-year-old shot after doorbell prank

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Eric Lee Steinour

A Biglerville man is in jail after police say he shot a teen who rang his doorbell in the middle of the night. Several teens were allegedly ringing doorbells around 2am in Arendtsville Borough. Eric Lee Steinour, 29, confronted two of the teens in an alley, and when they ran away, he fired a handgun at them. The teens hid from Steinour and one of them, a 14 year-old boy, realized he’d been shot in the right foot and left leg. His mother arrived and took the boy to Gettysburg Hospital.

State Police Troopers responding to the scene found Steinour nearby talking to a neighbor. He admitted to firing the shot and was immediately arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, and Recklessly Endangering. The gun, a Glock 9mm, was seized.

The boy was transported from Gettysburg Hospital to York Trauma Center and is said to have non-life threatening injuries.


  • Anon

    Why is he called a victim? He shouldn’t be ringing door bells at 2 in the morning. Some people like to sleep during that time. Some people have to go to work in the morning. Others have just gotten home from work to sleep. I feel bad for the man.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    and the 14 year old boy and his friends out at 2am harassing people were charged with ……

    We know what the guy did was wrong but let's not forget the boys.

  • Bob Boberts

    Men like this make responsible gun owners look terrible. A doorbell ring at 2 am in no way justifies deadly force. I hope the state throws the book at this felon and he spends a few years in prison.

  • JustSayin

    So I'm confused! Why were these 14 year olds out at that time of morning? Then the mother of the "victim" arrived to take him to the hospital. Seems to me, the mother of the victim should be keeping a closer eye on what her child is doing and or where he is at! These so called parents need to get it together!

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