By Dave Russell


A pair of young men face juvenile court action after allegedly firing a pellet gun at passing cars on U.S. 74 near Whittier on Saturday afternoon.

The first report came in at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday about a vehicle being struck by some type of fired weapon, according to Chief Deputy Matt Wike of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a JCSO Facebook post, “Since the first report four more motorists’ vehicles have been struck as of 6:30 p.m. Incidents occurred near exit 72 on U.S. 74 on the westbound lanes heading towards Bryson City. Anyone with any information is asked to call 911 immediately. Deputies are in the area and continuing to investigate.”

An update soon followed: “Regarding the shootings at vehicles that have occurred this afternoon on U.S. 74 at exit 72, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have located two juvenile males and have secured a pellet rifle that was used to strike at least five different motorists’ vehicles. No further information about the juveniles will be released.”

Deputies did not take the youths into custody, Wike said. They were referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

If you think you may have damages and have not yet filed a report, call Jackson County Communications at 586-1911 to have a deputy assist you.