TV news crew attacked in RI while reporting story

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A TV news crew was attacked while reporting on a shooting at a kindergarten graduation party.

WLNE-TV reports that its cameraman and reporter were on a public street and seeking to speak with the mother of the teenage girl shot at the party after a teenage boy turned himself in to police. The girl was shot in the back and is recovering.

Video shows the mother, Melissa Lawrence, throwing a rock at them, wielding a baseball bat, screaming "Get away from me," and then directing her two pit bulls to attack them. The dogs are shown biting reporter Abbey Niezgoda on her forearm.

WLNE says Niezgoda received a tetanus shot.

A telephone listing for Lawrence could not immediately be found.


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