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Police: Teens shot BB gun in area near Indiana congressional candidate

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 17:22:11-04

MUNCIE — Muncie police say two teens were shooting a BB gun in an alley near congressional candidate for Indiana's 6th District, Jeannine Lee Lake.

Around 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 15, Lake said she was getting ready to attend an event in the 200 block of South Walnut Street when it sounded like shots were fired near her.

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After reviewing surveillance video and talking with witnesses, Muncie Police Department detectives say two boys, a 13-year-old and 17-year-old, got off a bus at the nearby MITS bus station, went into the alley, and shot towards a car, Deputy Chief Melissa Pease said in a press release. One of the teens told detectives they shot towards the car on South Walnut Street "just because it was there."

"There is no evidence that either juvenile was aware of anyone being in the red vehicle nor of the identity of anyone in the immediate area," Pease said in the release. "There is no evidence that they had an intended target or plan."

The case will be sent to Delaware County Juvenile Probation and the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office for review, Pease said.

Officers who responded to the scene on Oct. 15 did not locate any shell casings, projectiles, bullets, property damage, or anyone with injuries. Detectives later found the BB gun used in the incident after speaking with the teens.

Lake says she is glad the police department conducted a full investigation into the incident and thanked Chief Nathan Sloan and the detectives for their professionalism.

The incident on Oct. 15 comes after Lake says someone recently damaged her campaign's RV and stole several items inside. She said she has also received harassing phone calls and letters.

"All of these things have escalated into me feeling the way that I do, which is in fear," Lake said. "I do hope this is the end of it."

Lake said she recently reached out to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's office about these incidents and has since spoken with Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter to make sure she is feeling safe.