By Phillip Williams
Three 16-year-old juvenile boys were charged, one with a felony and two with a misdemeanor, in connection with gunshots being fired on Tuesday of last week from a moving vehicle on Zinnia Road in rural Upshur County, said Sheriff Larry Webb.
Nobody was injured, but one of the trio “recklessly fired the gun in the direction of young children that were outside playing,” Webb said in a news release provided by Chief Deputy David Hazel. That youth was charged with deadly conduct, a felony, and transported to a Gregg County juvenile detention facility, Webb and Hazel said.
The other two received citations charging them with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for firing a weapon on a public roadway, Webb said. All three were brought to the sheriff’s office after the incident, he said.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the road about 10 a.m. in reference to the shooting, and, from witness information provided at the scene and follow-up investigation, officers located the youths and determined the threesome fired after taking a gun from one of the boys’ home, the sheriff said.
Witnesses who saw the weapon fired toward the children had reported that to the sheriff’s office, Webb wrote.