Three teens have been charged in Niagara Falls after allegedly driving down the road firing an airsoft rifle that “bore a strong resemblance to a real assault rifle,” police say.
On Tuesday night, police received multiple reports of a vehicle being pursued by another vehicle in the area of Lundy’s Lane and Garner Rd. One of the occupants appeared to be firing a gun.
Police located the vehicle and arrested the suspects at approximately 10:20 p.m. in a parking lot in the city, seizing the airsoft rifle, a prohibited knife, and quantity of Xanax and other prescription pills and some currency.
A total of 28 charges have been laid as a result.
18-year-old Zachary Harris of Niagara Falls is charged with 10 charges: disguise with intent, pointing a firearm, using an imitation firearm in commission of offence, discharging an air gun with intent, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, carrying a concealed weapon and dangerous driving.
Two 16-year-olds who can’t be identified because of the Youth Justice Act face similar charges.
The suspects appeared in court for a bail hearing on Wednesday at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.