Teen arrested in air rifle shooting


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



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A Clinton teenager was arrested for allegedly shooting a woman with an air rifle on Friday night, one of two victims who reported being shot in similar incidents on College and Lisbon streets, Clinton Police officials said.

Taylor Mangum Daniels, 16, of 117 Timberwood Lane, Clinton, was charged with assault by pointing a gun and simple assault, according to his arrest report filed Monday at the Clinton Police Department.

Bond for Daniels was set at $1,000. He has a court date of March 6.

“We responded to two incidents that day where the victims were shot with Airsoft weapons, one on College Street and the other on Lisbon Street,” Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley stated. “Based on the vehicle description by the victim, a suspect vehicle was stopped by uniform patrol officers on Indian Town Road.”

According to reports, one of the victims Crystal Stinks, 31, of Jacobs Street, Clinton, stated that an occupant of a gold Chevrolet shot her with the air rifle while she was on College Street, near Jacobs Street. The report was made just after 7:30 p.m. Friday. Police sirens could be heard Friday evening and some rumors initially circulated that the guns could be real assault rifles, but that was not the case.

During the traffic stop on Indian Town Road, two Airsoft rifles were recovered and Daniels was subsequently charged with the College Street assault. Officers could not contact the second victim for the necessary information, so no charges were leveled in that incident.

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By Chris Berendt

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Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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