Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Two Massachusetts teens shot frozen yogurt customers with Airsoft guns

Shooters Benjamin Warren, 18, and Lewis Carrera, 17
18-year old Benjamin Warren and his 17-year old friend, Lewis Carrera, thought it would be funny to drive in Andover, Massachusetts and shoot at people with an Airsoft pellet gun.  They drove by a frozen yogurt shot and opened fire, hitting four people and terrorizing all the customers. One of the teens had been fired from the establishment.

Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

From an article:

The owner of the Orange Leaf frozen yogurt shop in Andover said one of the suspects used to work at the shop before he was fired. 
Two victims who say they were hit by the pellets spoke out Friday. They say they were sitting outside the shop Thursday night when they felt a strange sensation and realized they had been hit by a pellet gun. 
“It was just a little sting. Nothing too severe but it could have been if someone was hit in the eye,” said Alec Sullivan. 
Police say the suspects, armed with an air-soft pellet gun, shot four people outside of the yogurt shop -- and one person sitting outside the Bertucci’s restaurant just around the corner. 
“Apparently the one kids was hanging out of the window of the car. Nobody really saw what he was holding. They were just yelling,” said Dave Pierre, yogurt shop owner. 
Police say 18-year-old Benjamin Warren of Andover -- a former employee of the yogurt shop -- was behind the wheel and 17-year-old Lewis Carrera also of Andover, was in the passenger seat. 
During the teens’ arraignment, prosecutors described a chilling interaction between investigators and one of the suspects. 
“He spoke with Mr. Warren and did note that he was uncooperative, that during his interaction with him he made a comment about Batman but when asked to elaborate, denied saying anything and began to laugh,” said Kimberly Gillespie, prosecutor. 
The victims were not seriously injured.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.


  1. AirSoft guns don't shoot pellets, they shoot large (6mm) light-weight air"soft" balls.

    Why is this a "Kid" "shooting" when one of them is an adult, and neither of them had a gun?

  2. Semantics, Dave. If you wish to be technical, the Airsoft site calls them "BB's".

    Because one of the two suspects (the one most likely with the gun) was 17 or under. And, obviously, one of them did have a gun if they shot the customers. Or do you believe they threw the BB's instead of shooting them?

  3. This isn't anything new. When I was young kids would do the same thing with bb guns. They were punished by the law and when they returned home their fathers and sometime their mothers would take them out to the wood shed.


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