Charges were dismissed Monday against a Carson City man accused in the June 13 shooting of a 14-year-old boy.
"Evidence that we've gathered would indicate that Paul Perez (Sandoval) was not the shooter," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Anne Langer. "If down the road we find additional information to show that he was further involved, charges can be filed against him."
Perez-Sandoval, 19, was arrested following the 11 p.m. shooting at a mobile home park on Koontz Lane in which Luis Ruiz, 14, was shot in the leg. Perez-Sandoval, who spent 15 days in jail, was released without bail Monday.
Investigators initially believed Perez-Sandoval fired at least three 9 mm shots from a handgun as he was driven away from the scene by a 16-year-old whose name is being withheld because of his age. The two were located later at the teen's home.
Police now believe the 16-year-old may have been the shooter. He is being held in juvenile detention on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
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