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Teenager paralyzed after girl's father 'shoots him over controversial viral prank'

A girl's father shot a teenager in Kansas, paralyzing him from the waist down, in revenge for a prank shooting the teenager made in a cruel act of revenge against his daughter.

A Kansas father decided to take revenge on the teenager who shot his daughter with a toy gun by shooting him with a real gun, paralyzing him from the waist down, police said((KSN-TV)

A Kansas father decided to take revenge on the teenager who played a controversial prank on his daughter: he allegedly shot him in a Walmart parking lot, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Anakin Zehring, 18, and two of his buddies were driving near the Walmart in Goddard, Kansas, armed with gel blasters, looking for their “senior assassin” target – reportedly a teenage girl or her boyfriend, both of whom were walking outside near the store.

Zehring and his friends opened fire on them, hitting them multiple times with water-filled polymer beads while shouting, “I am your murderer-in-chief.” The viral social media trend is a complex and dangerous game of tag in which the “It” people are given “targets” that they must “catch” from school grounds by shooting them with toy guns, just as the boys did with the other teenagers.

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Zehring was paralyzed from the waist down by the shooting((KSN-TV)

While marking their targets, the assassins are supposed to record the fake shooting and post it on social media as proof of the success of their mission.

The girl, identified in the police report by her initials SC, and her boyfriend, identified by his initials GB, rushed into the store to avoid the swirl of gel beads raining down on them from Zehring and his friends, and SC called her father, Ruben Marcus Contreras, and told him about the shooting, according to local station KWCH.

GB tried to confront the boys, the publication reported, but was met with hostility. Zehring or one of his friends allegedly told him to meet him “behind the Walmart,” according to a court document obtained by the Wichita Eagle.

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Both shootings occurred at the Walmart in Goddard, Kansas(Square)

SC allegedly told her father when she called him that she had no idea who the other teens were or why they were shooting at her. He was there within minutes, and when he arrived, she pointed to the perpetrators getting back into their vehicle on the other side of the parking lot.

Then the situation escalated. Contreras approached the teens, tried to open the driver's door of their Chevy Spark and berated them for what they had done to his daughter and her boyfriend.

He found them at a nearby Dairy Queen, it was reported, because that's where they went after being kicked out of Walmart. SC said she looked away because she was afraid of what her father might do. It was worse than she expected.

Contreras arrived at Walmart minutes after his daughter called about the toy gun shooting((KSN-TV)

After opening the door, her father allegedly pulled out a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and fired into the window of the vehicle, striking Zehring in the abdomen. The bullet penetrated his intestines and struck his spinal cord.

Zehring told police he tried to drive away. He thought Contreras was a pedestrian walking through the parking lot, so he stopped at the crosswalk.

SC remembers hearing a “loud bang” and said she watched the car drive away and crash into nearby cargo containers. Zehring said his “ears were ringing” after the shot, but he didn't realize he'd been hit until he tried to drive away but couldn't feel his legs. That's why he crashed into the cargo containers – to avoid hitting anything else, he told police.

Zehring was shot while sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle((KSN-TV)

Zehring, a graduate of Goddard High School, said he was not the one who fired the blaster, but his friends ratted him out and contradicted that claim in their own statements.

The shot reportedly severely injured Zehring, puncturing his small intestine and damaging his spinal cord, requiring doctors to fuse his L1, L2 and L3 vertebrae, his family wrote on a GoFundMe page aimed at raising money for his recovery.

The shooting occurred on May 11, and Contreras was arrested on May 15 and charged with attempted first-degree murder, local station KSN reported. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Detention Center, it said, and was held on $300,000 bail, which he paid on bail bonds.