Squirt, Squirt, You're Dead

The new water rifles may get you really wet, but it's real guns that kill

THE ESCALATION OF WATER WEAPONRY FROM squirt gun to Super Soaker reached its apotheosis last week when Richard Cook, 16, sprayed the wrong guy with a high- power water gun and ended up in a Harlem hospital with a real 9-mm bullet lodged in his back. The new generation of water weapons, with their bulbous tanks and high-pressure air pumps, splash so hard, squirt so far and are so wildly popular (Larami's Super Soaker is the fastest-selling summer toy in the U.S. for the second year in a row) that some public officials fear the summer may be not just long...

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