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Police Issue Warrant in Shooting of Teen-ager

June 24, 1987

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Police issued a warrant today the arrest of a 60-year-old man in the shooting of a paperboy who was working to earn money for a symphony trip.

The warrant on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill was issued for Homer H. Hubbard, who lives on the street where 17-year-old Keith Edward Hurn was wounded by one of two shotgun blasts at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, said Police Lt. Randy Orndorff.

Orndorff said Hubbard’s attorney said his client would surrender today.

No formal district court charges had been filed.

Police did not offer a motive in the shooting.

Keith, a violinist with the Tulsa Youth Symphony, was wounded as he worked as a substitute paper carrier to earn money for the group’s trip to England. Doctors said a pellet lodged in his brain.

He was moved Tuesday from St. Francis Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit to a private room, and his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

He could be discharged in about a week and, if there are no complications, should be sufficiently recovered to travel to England next month, a hospital spokesman said.

The long-awaited trip is ″such a special thing for him,″ said Hurn’s mother, Anna.

″We’re just sitting here thankful that we’ve got his life,″ said Hurn’s grandmother, Amber West. ″He has no infection. The doctors said it was a phenomenal case.″

An estimated 250 friends and relatives crowded through the intensive care unit’s waiting room Sunday and Monday. The room was still filled with flowers and well-wishers Tuesday as the teen-ager remained secluded in the unit.

Visitation remained restricted after Hurn was moved to his private room.

″It’s just phenomenal the support we’ve had,″ said his father, John. ″Our friends have been just great.″

Saturday was to have been Hurn’s last day to substitute for a vacationing newspaper carrier, but he delivered papers with his father, John, Sunday when the regular carrier was delayed in returning, officials said.

Hurn attends Union High School, where he will be a junior next year, and plays violin the school’s Classic Orchestra as well as the youth symphony.

In addition to delivering newspapers, he has worked at a fast-food restaurant to help earn the $1,200 needed for the trip to London July 20-29.

″I’m sure hoping that he can go,″ said Earl Peterson, director of the Union High School orchestra. ″He certainly is a great kid. He’s one of my favorites.″

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