CARY, N.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old man fired pellet guns inside a North Carolina bookstore, creating panic and causing minor injuries to two people, authorities said.

Town of Cary spokeswoman Kathryn Trogdon said the man walked into the Barnes & Noble store at about 7 p.m. Friday and started shooting “indiscriminately” with two pellet guns. A man and a woman received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Trogdon identified the suspect as Jonathan Kyle Courtney, of Cary. Courtney has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon and one count of discharging a barreled weapon into an occupied property. He is currently being held at the Wake County Public Safety Center in Raleigh.


Police Capt. John Szymeczek told WNCN-TV that the pellet guns looked realistic.

“There were some shook up people for sure,” Szymeczek said. “Although they were BB guns, they are very realistic-looking replicas. It was a traumatic event for those folks.”

The large police presence around the store was unusual for the typically peaceful town of about 166,000 near Raleigh.

Witnesses told WRAL-TV that they heard multiple shots and breaking glass, prompting some customers to run to the back of the store or hide under tables.


Comments (0)

Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 voters
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Rate this post:
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location
Type the text presented in the image below

Most Read

WNCTIMES ON TWITTER

Wearable Tech Glove Translates Sign Language into speech in Real Time https://t.co/4t8rMLLfWC TechNews technology… https://t.co/2ZgXyi6SeO
About 6 hours ago
COVID-19 causes hyperactivity in blood clotting cells https://t.co/eECydsRSth COVID19 coronavirus research… https://t.co/4ZjQzk6hEE
About 6 hours ago
NCDHHS launches testing initiative for nursing homes https://t.co/owkl6roqGT nursinghomes coronavirus… https://t.co/6F4lLljBaO
About 6 hours ago
NC Gov Cooper over 3,000 New jobs as Centene Corp in Charlotte for major headquarters https://t.co/k4iLQ0y6rR… https://t.co/AWXiIP5CYu
About 8 hours ago
Hometown Strong Effort to help rurual NC with COVID-19 economic recovery https://t.co/EcXU2UmoP8 HometownStrong… https://t.co/QAvZ6chKOn
About 9 hours ago