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Kids shot at with BB guns in a Lexington neighborhood


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington neighborhood is on alert because someone has been driving around and shooting people with a BB gun. A teenager and a child have been hit by BB pellets so far in the Masterson Station neighborhood. Now, police are stepping up patrols to combat the violence.

Kids playing basketball in the street didn't end in a win or loss over the weekend on Mable Lane.

"A car came so we got out of the road so we wouldn't be hit by a car," said Justin Cook, a teen hit with the BB gun. "We started hearing stuff hit the ground."

Cook said the game was over when they heard gunfire.

"We felt like someone was shooting, like rocks were coming at us," said Cook. "So we all ducked down and then my friend got hit in the arm and then I got hit in the head."

A car with people inside was reportedly shooting BB guns at several kids.

"They shot eight times," said a parent. "Any of those kids could have been hit in the head or in the face or in the eye."

It's a concern not only for parents but for city leaders. The councilwoman representing the district says she's gone to police about the recent incidents.

"They've stepped up patrols, and they're investigating the report from Friday," said Shevawn Akers, a councilwoman in Lexington. "Hopefully we'll catch whoever did this and stop them from continuing it this summer."

There are now talks of a neighborhood watch forming in the area.

"I just couldn't believe it," said Akers. "I think like a lot of people who would randomly drive by and shot children that I heard were between the ages of 5 and 16."

The kids are going to keep enjoying their summer and hope no one fires back.

"You just kind of play like normal," said Cook. "Just a little more pre-cautious now."

A report has been filed with police. The suspects are to be charged with wanton endangerment.


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