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Albany juveniles arrested for shooting at passing cars

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Posted: Oct 13, 2011 4:51 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Oct 13, 2011 4:51 PM
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Topics: Albany, gunshots, US 190, broken windows, occupants, livingston, wbrz, louisiana

ALBANY-- Two teens face charges after deputies say they shot at cars passing by, nearly killing four people.

"Gee whiz! I could be dead right now!" one man who didn't want to be identified told News 2. He had just crossed over the railroad tracks onto Gill Road when he heard what he described as a "BOOM." He thought a tree had fallen into his vehicle. When he got out of his van, his back windshield was busted and glass was all over the road. Down the street, another car was in the same predicament.

When deputies got there, they found bullets lodged in both cars-- one each. Then, they found two teenagers, one 12 and the other 13, who they believe had been using cars as target practice with their .22 rifle.

"This was not an accident," Perry Rushing with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said. "They purposely were firing at passing vehicles, and one of the victims, a bullet lodged about two feet from her head, and she could have easily been killed by that."

Both teens face aggravated battery charges, along with damage to property and illegal use of a weapon charges. Their parents have no charges at this point.

The man whose windshield was busted had no injuries, and neither did his passenger. The two people in the other car are recovering from minor cuts and scrapes from broken glass.

"You go to thinkin'-- my goodness, how close to death can you get?"

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