What the heck were the cops thinking?

Two FELONY charges against an 8 year old?

Eight-year-old Sam Grant was in Catawba County District Court Friday on charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

The charges were filed as a result of an incident that happened in February. Sam’s parents said he was playing with a BB gun outside and aimed at an abandoned house nearby. But then he somehow managed to shoot at and hit two cars as they passed by, causing some damage. No one was injured.

So kid was screwing around, shooting his Daisy air rifle at a building and managed to hit two passing cars, so the cops slapped him with two Class E felony charges?

§ 14‑34.1. Discharging certain barreled weapons or a firearm into occupied property.

(a) Any person who willfully or wantonly discharges or attempts to discharge any firearm or barreled weapon capable of discharging shot, bullets, pellets, or other missiles at a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per second into any building, structure, vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other conveyance, device, equipment, erection, or enclosure while it is occupied is guilty of a Class E felony.

(b) A person who willfully or wantonly discharges a weapon described in subsection (a) of this section into an occupied dwelling or into any occupied vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other conveyance that is in operation is guilty of a Class D felony.

(c) If a person violates this section and the violation results in serious bodily injury to any person, the person is guilty of a Class C felony.

That’s insane.

I can only assume that the judge didn’t feel that it would serve justice to brand an 8 year old a felon for screwing around with his air rifle. I don’t even want to think about how bad an ass whipping I would have taken for pulling a similar stunt as a child.

3 responses to “What the heck were the cops thinking?

  1. The boy was shooting across the road at a so called abandoned home. The fact that he shot across the road is why the original charges were filed.

    His Mother was supervising him but left him alone to go into the house.

    You would have gotten a good spanking if I had explained the rules to you and you violated them. Somehow after reading the article elsewhere I suspect he was not taught the rules.

  2. counsel dew

    I’d need proof the Daisy BB gun is capable of shooting a BB at 600 feet/sec…

  3. I don’t know the law in their jurisdiction. I do know the California Code and throwing something at a moving vehicle, never mind the velocity is a felony