Man charged with shooting people with pellet gun

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 3:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2022 at 11:16 PM EDT
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HENRICO Co., Va. (WWBT) - Henrico police charged an 18-year-old with shooting people with a pellet gun.

On June 7, officers were called to the 5500 block of Barnsley Terrace for the report of an assault.

“Upon arriving at the scene, officers spoke with the complainant who stated his daughter and her friend were hit by pellets from a toy gun,” a release said.

Surveillance video obtained by NBC12 captured the incident on camera, showing the two girls walking down the street as a driver in a dark gray Tesla Model S started firing a toy gun.

“We saw a gray Tesla come over, and so that gray Tesla just stopped right in front of us when we moved to the side of the road. And all of a sudden, he just pulls out some fake gun thing and started shooting us with it,” one of the 10-year-old girls told NBC12.

The girl did not want to be identified but said that she was just hanging out with her friend minutes before it happened.

“I was taking my dog on a walk because both of my friend and I decided she could come to pet my dog, so we went over to her house,” She said.

The girl says she only had minor injuries that left a bruise on her skin, but the incident has also left a mark on how safe she feels in her neighborhood.

“I’m a little paranoid. Today, I was walking back home from school, I saw a guy walking toward me just to go to someone’s house, so I asked one of my neighbors just to walk me back home because I was kind of paranoid,” She said.

The driver, identified as Fernan Andres Chacon Gonzalez, 18, of Henrico, admitted to driving the vehicle and shooting the gel blaster pellet gun at bystanders, police said.

Gonzalez was also linked to similar incidents in the last 48 hours.

On June 6, A woman on Nuckols Road reported being shot at by pellets and suffering minor injuries. Then two other incidents were reported on June 7 on Hickory Meadows Court and Dorrington Circle.

Gonzalez was charged with four counts of simple assault and one count of malicious shooting into an occupied moving vehicle.

Henrico Police urges its citizens to be aware of their surroundings and remind folks about the repercussions of using toy guns in a dangerous way.

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