Juvenile charges requested for three BB gun-weilding teens
By Brandi Makuski
Three teens are in hot water with police after they allegedly shot CO2-charged BB guns at passing motorists and pedestrians on the 3000 block of Minnesota Avenue.
Police were called to the street at 1:55 PM on Aug. 30 after receiving information that it was a six-year-old child who had been firing a BB gun at passersby; they soon learned it was three teenagers involved.
Police have requested juvenile charges against three boys — two 14-year-olds and one 16-year-old — for the incident, according to Stevens Point Assistant Chief Tom Zenner.
Zenner said through a series of interviews and phone calls, officers were also able to determine the trio had shot the BB guns at buildings in the area the night before.
“We don’t have all the complainants involved yet, but based on statements, there were more incidents, to include pedestrians,” he said.
Several officer-involved shootings exist across the nation, Zenner added, that resulted from an individual displaying a toy or BB gun.
“Further incidents exist which involve community members defending themselves under the same circumstance,” Zenner said. “We’ve got things going on in New London right now, and it’s sad but it’s not an uncommon occurrence. I can think of several times in my career where things could have gone very wrong all because of a BB gun.”
“We don’t need to become a statistic,” he added.
The parents of the teenagers were described as “cooperative”, Zenner said, and were assisting with the investigation. He also called the incident a “teaching moment” for parents, as he described on the department’s Facebook page:
Besides some common sense teaching points in regards to this incident, including legal ramifications and restrictions of discharging a firearm/air gun within the city, parental involvement is essential to prevent a potentially tragic incident from transpiring.
The extend of damage was not immediately known, Zenner said, but as of Wednesday afternoon no one has reported any injuries related to the BB gun shootings.
Anyone with further information on the BB gun shootings can call the Stevens Point Police Dept. at (715) 346-1500.