- Associated Press - Saturday, March 23, 2019

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.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide