KINSEY, Ala. (WDHN) — “Guns has really skyrocketed throughout the Wiregrass Dothan all of the cities around that,”
In an area known as “Chevy Country,” this jeep bears witness to a shooting that could have ended much differently after police arrived Monday evening.
“Upon arrival, they were met by the victim and a witness who advised a car full of four people pulled up and actually shot at the vehicle and shot at the victim was hit twice and sustained minor injuries through a heavy jacket and the back window of the vehicle was shot out,” Kinsey police chief Timothy Hurd said.
The weapon used in the shooting was a fully automatic a-k Crossman bb gun.
“If you were to load it and look at it and you didn’t see this part you would believe it was an assault rifle,” Hurd said.
A similar rifle was used over the weekend in Tarpon Springs Florida, just six hours away. A 17-year-old boy was spotted at an intersection pointing a ‘military-style rifle’ at drivers.
After cops arrived, he aimed the gun at them and they opened fire Killing the boy.
As for the young gunmen in the Kinsey shooting, the outcome was much different. They were captured and confessed and later charged, they could have faced felony charges. But they were only charged with misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief.
“We feel we have an obligation to explain and to tell these 19 or 20-year-olds they have to really become responsible with firearms that look so real that could cost them their life or potentially have them killed,” Hurd said.
It’s not typical for Kinsey to see violent acts such as this and the local government is working to prevent violence from happening again because next time the charges will be serious.