Skip to comments.7-year-old faces 2 felony charges for shooting BB gun
Posted on 04/05/2013 5:48:14 AM PDT by Gorilla44
CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C.
He looks like a typical 7-year-old boy, but on Tuesday night, Sam Grant is facing charges that many adults never will.
He is charged with two felonies for something that happened when his mother turned her back for just a second. His parents told Eyewitness News that they're outraged.
"We are both just shocked. We have been in a state of shock over this," said Ray Robbins.
Sam's parents said this scenario began in February when Sam was playing outside with his BB gun. They said he began shooting at an abandoned house right across the street, but instead, Sam shot two cars as they were passing by.
Sam's mother, Cherry Robbins, immediately called the Catawba County Sheriff's Department.
"The officer told me he did not want to charge my son, the lady told me she did not want him charged. The next thing I know, I am getting a letter from the DPS saying he has been charged with two felonies," said Cherry.
Sam is charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. If convicted he faces one year probation and hundreds of hours of community service.
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My classmates used to come to school talking about their BB gun “wars”. They used to use Daisy airguns to play cowboys and Indians. I do remember at least one, a few years older than I was, who had to have a doctor remove a BB from his eyelid, no actual damage to his eye but he was very lucky. I lived so far back in the sticks I didn’t have any one to fight with except my older brother and we never shot each other with the BB gun, it would have taken away the advantage he had of being three years older. I was as good a shot with a Daisy as he was but younger and smaller.
it is not dumb to give a bebe gun to a sevn yr old, willis. My kids had knives to whittle with, bebe guns—it’s an American upbringing........mu daughter shot her first bebe gun when she was about 4. She is not a gun enthusiast,
My brother shot a bb gun toward the road when we were kids.
Dad smashed bb gun to bits with a hammer.
Here in NC a slingshot hidden in your gym bag is considered a concealed weapon.
I think a number of folks missed the key part of the story up front.
The little brat was shooting at the vacant house across the street. Momma was cool with that.
um... the kids mom called the police... and then is shocked when they respond???
um... lady NEVER involve the police (or any government official) in ANYTHING!
Common sense won out in your case, but then again, that was 'years ago'. Today, common sense has been replaced by reliance on regulations and zero tolerance.
A 7 year-old’s stupidity is NOT criminal.
A 20+ Bill Ayers and his goons are convicted murderers - yet they are absolved of their ‘adult’ decisions, celebrated as heroes in movies (Robert Redford) and installed in Universities (Columbia).
What legal lunacy and what a crazy country.
NC is ruled by the Libtards in Asheville.
First the kid was too young to be shooting a BB gun unattended but whatever happened to taking the BB gun away and grounding the kid with no TV for a month?
Juveniles are not “convicted,” they would be adjudicated as a delinquent and their record would be scrubbed when they turn 18.
we have deranged prosecutors who just need a little face time and love to go after the Christian whites and will think nothing of over charging to make them look good...see the Duke case and the Zimmerman case as an example...
my brother did....horrors to think he would probably be charged with a felony at that time....
I dunno but the cop’s blase’ comment was chilling.
Crossman 760 Powermaster pump BB gun. My Christmas present at age 8 and still in my collection.
I’m very sorry the guy is dying but that still counts as suicide, IMO.
Lucky for him he didn’t die.
IIRC, Michigan is the only state to do so...
Wow, great picture.
My dad would have just ripped my stupid head off before the cops even got there.
Still, a felony charge is madness.
Too bad the kid didn’t have a dad like mine.
Well I hope some very important lessons were learned!
You take care of your own problems and NEVER call the police on a family member unless you want them shot (and possibly any dogs around) and/or charged with felonies.
Mom should have reconsidered trusting her 7 year old with a BB gun - and taken it away for a couple years - then made him very very sorry that he did such a stupid thing.
Well this was dangerous and stupid back in the day but we had a tree fort war once that leveled up from thos pump action toys where we’d jam a bunch of mud at the end and pepper each other, to BB guns but it all went a BIT awry when the neighbors came out with their 22’s!
no one was hurt. The 22 neighbors went to juvi for ten days and got a nasty beating from the ‘mad major’ a very angry nam vet( it was 1967 or so and he was between tours).
This is out of hand. BB-guns will poke and eye out or like my dummmy briother still has a pellet in his foot from a pellet gun but a felony? A felony? Oops two felonies to a seven year old? Good God help us.
Actually, it’s the people at DPS (what ever the hell that is) that lack the “critical component.”
This is one more reaction to anti-gun legislation — and yes, the prosecutor wants to make a name — you know - for public safety...soon there will be Directive 10-289
I understand it though. A lot of the airsoft/paintball stuff looks pretty real. If you wait until they pull the trigger, it may be far too late.
Apply the oft unused “reasonable man” standard. If someone pointed that at you... What would you do?
I could probably get this charge dropped in my town. I’ve still got a BB in my leg that the neighbor kid put there years ago. He’s now the mayor.
I don’t have sympathy. A BB CAN cause damage to a car. And if the window was open, he could have hit the driver, and it could have caused an accident.
Now, I doubt the kid will ever actually be convicted of anything. But if a report is made, kids have to be punished for stuff like this.
When I was a kid, the one time I was truly terrified was when I was walking through the woods and some boys decided to use me for target practice, and started shooting me with their BB guns. It hurt like hell, and they pursued me for several minutes before the tired of it.
I say different. The kid peeing in his front yard is doing something that is perfectly natural. Nobody would get a ticket if their dog was peeing in the front yard.
This kid shot and hit two cars. I doubt he’ll be convicted of anything, but he committed a felony, so being charged with it isn’t shocking. Given that there ARE 7-year-olds in less nice areas of the country that are actually trying to commit violent acts, you can’t just make a blanket rule that no 7-year-old should even be charged.
It’s after the charges are filed that the real discretion will start. Unfortunately, what is likely to happen here is that the parents are in big trouble for letting their child shoot a BB gun at cars.
Momma wasn’t cool with it. She had went inside for less than a minute to put dinner in the oven and told him not to shoot anything. They had been in the back yard on the other side of the house shooting targets, away from the road.
In that time he went from the back yard to the front yard, started shooting at the house across the road and then two cars.
Either that or little dude is fast as lightning.
You can always spot the douchbags on FR they are always the first to personally attack a poster they don't agree with.