Dis­pute ends with BB gun shoot­ing

The Covington News - - Frontpage - Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

An ar­gu­ment be­tween two New­ton County teens ended Wed­nes­day evening with one shoot­ing the other 10 times with a BB gun.

Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were called to Ar­bor Lake Apart­ments on Kirk­land Road about 7:30 p.m. They spoke to the vic­tim, age 13, and wit­nesses, and learned that the boy had got­ten into an ar­gu­ment with an­other boy, age 14.

The older teen re­port­edly chose to set­tle that dis­pute by shoot­ing the 13-year-old 10 times with a .177 cal­iber dual ammo BB gun.

Sher­iff’s Of­fice 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell said that the 14-yearold was ar­rested and charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2010 re­port re­leased by the Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics, “the sever­ity of in­juries that can

re­sult from BB guns in­clude pen­e­tra­tion of the eye, skin, in­ter­nal or­gans and bone.”

And a sep­a­rate study found that air ri­fles, paint­ball pis­tols and BB guns in­jure as many as 21,000 Amer­i­cans each year, and non-powder guns kill an av­er­age of four peo­ple yearly, typ­i­cally chil­dren younger than 15.

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