Teen arrested in Nikiski shooting

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

NIKISKI (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy was arrested on charges of attempted murder and weapons misconduct for allegedly shooting at a motorist Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

The names of the suspect and victim were not released.

The driver of the vehicle told troopers he was driving down a street in Nikiski when a teen, walking with two other teens, made an obscene gesture.

When the driver of the vehicle stopped to talk to the teens, the suspect pulled out a hand gun and pointed it at him, troopers said.

As the driver sped away, the suspect allegedly fired at the vehicle.

The driver called troopers from his home. Troopers said three bullets struck the car, narrowly missing the man and his passenger.

While troopers were interviewing the victim, three teens emerged from a nearby wooded area but quickly ran back into the woods after spotting troopers.

The victims identified the boy who shot at them and he was arrested. The weapon, a .357 magnum revolver, was found in the woods.

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