Investigators are questioning four teenagers they believe are behind a recent series of air gun attacks on passing cars in a Fort Mill neighborhood, the York County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Someone apparently armed with an air rifle shot at three vehicles traveling on Hensley Road Jan. 4-5, shattering the passenger window on one of them.
“After a careful investigation, it is believed the four teenagers involved were using two air-powered pellet rifles and one airsoft BB gun, targeting cars only for the purpose of vandalism. It is not believed the teenagers were targeting individual people,” Trent Faris, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, wrote in an email sent to area media Thursday morning.
“The York County Sheriff’s Office is taking this situation very seriously and the teenagers are being questioned about the incident. Formal charges are pending,” Faris wrote.
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The driver of the vehicle in which the window shattered, William “Jim” Robinson of Hensley Road, said his 10 year-old daughter, Peyton Pender, was riding in the passenger seat of his Dodge Caravan at the time and was showered in broken glass.
“She freaked out,” Robinson said. “She had glass in her hair, and she was scared. I (swerved) into the other lane, but no other cars were coming.”
Robinson and his wife said their daughter suffered cuts on her hand but had no other injuries.
“At first I thought someone threw a rock at the window,” Jim Robinson said.
On Saturday, a deputy spoke with two other people who said they were driving on Hensley Road near Ripplerock Drive when “unknown projectiles” hit their cars, the report stated.
Two of the drivers reported they heard something hit their cars, and there were dents on their doors.
One of them, David Csiszer, said he was surprised to hear his Ford Fusion was hit by an air rifle pellet or BB, judging by the depth of the dent. However, he was glad to hear the sheriff’s office has suspects in the shootings.
“I’m definitely relieved,” he said. “I’m happy that whoever was doing this will be stopped. I was scared to pull out of my driveway.”
Reporter Rachel Southmayd of The Herald contributed.