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The Latest: Police ID man charged in pellet gun shooting

March 23, 2019

CARY, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a man charged with firing pellet guns inside a North Carolina bookstore (all times local):

11:33 a.m.

Authorities have identified an 18-year-old man who allegedly fired pellet guns inside a North Carolina bookstore, creating panic and causing minor injuries to two people.

Town of Cary spokeswoman Kathryn Trogdon said Jonathan Kyle Courtney walked into a Barnes and Noble bookstore at about 7 p.m. Friday and began shooting two pellet guns “indiscriminately.”

A man and a woman received minor injuries.

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 were realistic looking.

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7:47 a.m.

Authorities say an 18-year-old man fired pellet guns inside a North Carolina bookstore, creating panic and causing minor injuries to two people.

Town of Cary spokeswoman Kathryn Trogdon says police got a call Friday night around 7 p.m. about an active shooter at a Barnes and Noble bookstore.

The white male suspect came into the store and started shooting with two pellet guns, according to Trogdon. She says that resulted in minor injuries to a man and woman who were taken to a hospital. Authorities arrested the suspect but didn’t immediately say what charges he faced, or release his identity.

Trogdon wasn’t able to describe what the pellet guns looked like.

Cary Police Capt. John Szymeczek told WNCN-TV that the pellet guns were realistic looking and caused panic in the bookstore.