An argument between two Newton County teens ended Wednesday evening with one shooting the other 10 times with a BB gun.
Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to Arbor Lake Apartments on Kirkland Road about 7:30 p.m. They spoke to the victim, age 13, and witnesses, and learned that the boy had gotten into an argument with another boy, age 14.
The older teen reportedly chose to settle that dispute by shooting the 13-year-old 10 times with a .177 caliber dual ammo BB gun.
Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell said that the 14-year-old was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
According to a 2010 report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, "the severity of injuries that can result from BB guns include penetration of the eye, skin, internal organs and bone."
And a separate study found that air rifles, paintball pistols and BB guns injure as many as 21,000 Americans each year, and non-powder guns kill an average of four people yearly, typically children younger than 15.