NFL star avoids prosecution in ‘Nerf War’ shooting where teen was injured
NFL player Joe Mixon was armed but did not fire at the 16-year-old boy’s shooting, prosecutors said.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to Mr. Nixon’s home on March 6 after witnesses reported hearing gunshots. The young victims and other teens who were shot in the leg were reportedly waging a “nerf war” with toy guns as the shooting unfolded. WLWT report.
Prosecutors say Mr. Nixon’s sister’s boyfriend, Lamonte Bulwer, shot the minor. He has been charged with violent assault, tampering with evidence, and possessing a weapon while incapacitated, but his whereabouts are unknown.
Ms. Mixon’s sister, Sharonda Mixon, has been charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. she claimed her innocence.
Prosecutor Melissa Powers said, “After hearing a few bullets flying by his head, the teenage boy immediately ducked behind a tree and risked his life. “I can’t believe something like this could happen. It’s hard to figure out how to point a gun at a kid, let alone fire 10 to 11 shots. It’s a miracle he wasn’t killed.”
Prosecutors allege that Mr. Mixon was misrepresented as having people with real guns in his backyard. .
A spokesperson for Mixon said: ESPN A Cincinnati Bengals player has been threatened and worried about his safety after his address was made public in January.
“When another individual fired a firearm, Joe stepped in to stop the individual from firing the firearm.”Joe hates that a young adult was injured in this incident.
The victim was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
On the day of the shooting, Mr. Mixon had left town and returned home with his sister, five children and Mr. Brewer. Powers said Mixon has a license to carry a firearm and he has not committed a crime.
Mixon and Brewer said they were stopped from leaving their brother’s house later that night. FOX19.
It is unclear how law enforcement lost track of Mr. Brewer.
The principal of the victim’s school warned parents about the dart war, saying that the toy guns used in the game could be confused with real weapons.
David Spencer of Turpin High School said, “Nerf guns and many home-made devices resemble real guns from a distance.” Cincinnati Inquirer“In the world we live in today, it can cause extreme concern and certain reactions that our young people never intended.