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SIOUX CITY | A felony charge against a Sioux City teenager arrested for shooting another teen has been dismissed.

Elija Perales, 17, was arrested Aug. 31 on a charge of willful injury causing serious injury. Police said he went to a home in the 2100 block of South Lemon Street earlier that day to confront another 17-year-old male about a previous altercation.

During the confrontation, court documents said, Perales pointed a gun at the head of the other teen but did not fire. Police said he then shot the person in the knee.

Assistant Woodbury County Attorney James Loomis said in a motion to dismiss, filed Friday in Woodbury County District Court, that there was insufficient evidence that the victim sustained a serious injury, as defined under Iowa law.

District Judge Steven Andreasen granted the motion and dismissed the case Friday.

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