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Boy Shot Airsoft Gun at 12-Year-Olds, Police Say

17-year-old allegedly fired from car at Hopatcong Plaza.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly shooting an airsoft gun at two 12-year-old Hopatcong boys at the Hopatcong Plaza on the evening of Aug. 1.

Police said the pair of boys went home and told their mother they had been shot with a pellet gun by the 17-year-old while he was in a car at the plaza. The mother went to the plaza with her boys, who identified the car, police said.

The mother then confronted the 17-year-old and found out his name, according to police. The vehicle proceeded to leave the plaza, according to police.

Police said when they went to the 17-year-old's home, he stated it was not a pellet gun, but an airsoft gun. He was subsequently arrested and taken to headquarters and charged on a juvenile complaint and later released to a family member, according to police.

Police said the airsoft gun, which belonged to a friend of the accused, was taken for evidence. The boy was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, assault, and disorderly conduct.

PJ_Wolf August 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
So now you've deleted Joe's post as well. Way to go Patch, make our founding fathers proud
JOE HOPATCONGITE August 17, 2012 at 05:18 AM
They deleted my comment,so I posted it again,adding that I would keep putting the same comment up until it stopped being deleted.I then got a long email assuring me that it wasn't them censoring me,but it was too many readers clicking the "flag as inappropriate" tag in the corner of my comment.They cited a story about "Miss Hopatcong" for some reason.I am not sure if I believe this,as every other comment in this comment thread was also deleted and that I don't think anybody would think what I said was inappropriate.Now the comments are back?I still don't know what your original comment was that was deleted,PJ_Wolf.But that is what I was referring to in what I wrote.
Teena Roth August 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Maybe I'm naive but, what's an air soft gun?
Teena Roth August 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Another question. Why do I have to sign in every time I want to leave a comment? The reason I know about the Hopatcong Patch is that you email me in the 1st place.
Chrissy September 01, 2012 at 03:33 AM
What was said that was deleted? Inquiring minds would like to know.

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