Victim in paintball attack files lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of the Alaska Natives targeted in a paintball attack in January is suing the three young men accused of doing the shooting, and the parents of one of the youths because their car, paintball gun, and video camera were used in the attacks on several Natives, KTUU-TV in Anchorage reported.

The victim, Leonty Fratis, filed the civil suit against Charles Wiseman, now 20, and two unnamed juveniles, as well as Wiseman's parents, Charles W. and Janette Wiseman.

According to police, the younger Wiseman and the other two teens shot Fratis with paint balls as he walked on streets of Anchorage.

It was one of a string of such attacks targeting Alaska Natives. The shootings were captured on home video and the tape was eventually obtained by police.

Wiseman faces seven counts of misdemeanor assault in connection with paintball shootings on Jan. 14.

The two 17-year-olds accused of participating with him face proceedings in juvenile court and their names will not be made public unless they're waived to adults status.

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