Monday, April 17, 2006

Teens charged in pellet gun shooting

LONG HILL -- Two teenagers are charged with firing a pellet gun at another group of juveniles, police said.

Daniel Silvershein, 18, of Warren Township and a 17-year-old Stirling boy, whose identity is being withheld because of his age, were charged with possessing a firearm for unlawful purposes and disorderly conduct following a short investigation, police Capt. Dan Hedden said.

Police were called to Somerset Street 9:50 p.m. Thursday after getting a report that two juveniles had been struck by pellets fired from a passing motor vehicle, Hedden said.

At the scene, police were told that someone discharged a pellet gun at the group of youths who were gathered on the lawn of the Stirling Manor Apartment Complex. One juvenile was hit in the thigh and another in the area of her collarbone although neither suffered any injuries, Hedden said.

Police were able to locate Daniel Silvershein hours later at his Warren home, where two Airsoft pellet hand guns and a bag containing 10,000 pellets were recovered in the family's garbage can. Silvershein had turned himself into the Long Hill Township Police at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

Township Municipal Court Judge James Bride issued a complaint warrant for Silvershein charging him with possessing a firearm for unlawful purposes, a crime of the second degree. He was also charged on a separate complaint for disorderly conduct before being released from police custody on his own recognizance with a pending court date.

The 17-year-old boy turned himself into police at 1:30 p.m. and he was charged with possessing a firearm for unlawful purposes, a crime of the second degree and disorderly conduct The youth was turned over to the custody of a parent with a pending court date in Morris County Juvenile Court.

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