Two students, ages 12 and 13, from Smithfield Middle School have been charged with going armed to the terror of the public after an incident last Friday morning in Smithfield.
WTSB News has learned a 23 year-old man was in the parking lot of the Johnston Medical Mall on N. Brightleaf Boulevard when he spotted one of the juveniles pull out what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband. The victim called police but the juvenile had already left the area when officers arrived.
A short time later a driver on N. Brightleaf Boulevard reported seeing a juvenile point a weapon at a car and then use a gun to shoot road signs on Brightleaf Boulevard near the entrance to WalGreens. The juvenile had disappeared by the time police arrived.
Later a probation officer was on Berkshire Road and spotted the juveniles with two BB guns and detained them until police arrived.
The two youth were charged in juvenile court with going armed to the terror of the public. One offender was charged with assault by pointing a gun.
Police said the juveniles had pellet guns that resembled actual firearms. No injuries were reported.