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Police: 10-year-old shot with BB gun after kids threaten to shoot

The 900 block of Jackson Drive in James City County. (Courtesy Google Maps)
The 900 block of Jackson Drive in James City County. (Courtesy Google Maps)

A 10-year-old was shot Friday with what police believe might have been a BB gun during a dispute with two other children, according to police.

Police were called to the 900 block of Jackson Drive in James City County around 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 1 after a mother reported her 10-year-old son had been shot with a BB gun, James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

The victim had a welt on his back that “appeared to be possibly caused by a projectile like a BB gun,” Williams said.

The boy’s 13-year-old brother told police he had heard something in the backyard and looked out the window to see two children he knew in his backyard, Williams said. One of the children is 14 years old, and the age of the other is unknown, she added.

The older brother thought the two were trying to steal his bike, so he and his 10-year-old brother went outside to stop it, police said.

When the brothers went outside, the other two children ran into a nearby yard.

The 14-year-old and the other child then turned around and told the brothers they had “5 seconds to run away or he would start shooting,” Williams said.

When the two brothers turned around to run, they heard shots that sounded like a BB gun being fired, police said. The 10-year-old was hit in the back, which left a welt.

Both boys told police they saw one of the children holding a silver handgun and pointing it in their direction, Williams said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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