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Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 10:58 a.m.

A Fayette County man was arraigned Monday on charges of shooting a 17-year-old girl who was spotting deer late Sunday with her family, according to state police in Uniontown.

The girl, who was not identified by police, was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital on Sunday, police said.

Jeremy J. Pritts, 35, of Normalville, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment and released on a signature bond in connection with the shooting, according to online court documents.

Pritts was arraigned before Belle Vernon District Judge Jesse Cramer.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 21 before Connellsville District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.

Police said the girl was sitting in the back of her parent's pickup truck on Foxburg Road in Springfield Township at 10:40 p.m. Sunday when she “saw a flash from a porch and was struck with pellets from shotgun fire.”

The girl sustained shotgun-pellet wounds to her face, chest, abdomen and both arms, police said. Her parents were spotting deer when the teen was shot, police said.

The girl was treated at Highlands Hospital in Connellsville, then taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh “due to the seriousness of her injuries,” police said.

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