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Teens charged in city BB-gun attack

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Two Fredericksburg teenagers were arrested and charged with felony offenses after they repeatedly shot a young man with a BB gun—apparently just for fun, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the 20-year-old victim and a 19-year-old friend were playing basketball near Heritage Park about 6:30 p.m. Monday when they were approached by a young woman and a boy they knew from school.

Without warning or provocation, Bledsoe said, the 15-year-old suspect began pelting the victim with BBs, striking him in the face, arms and torso. He then handed the gun to the other teen, and she fired multiple shots.

The victim suffered numerous welts but did not need treatment from a rescue squad. He called the police after he and his friend returned to their homes in the nearby Crestview apartment complex.

Both the victim and his friend were able to identify the suspects by name and other details. The victim said he had had no dispute with the suspects that night or previously.

The 15-year-old, who was not named because he is a juvenile, was arrested later Monday and charged with malicious wounding and brandishing a firearm. He was placed in the regional juvenile detention center.

Bledsoe said the boy might face additional charges as the result of marijuana and other items that were found in his backpack.

Whitney Fox, 18, was arrested at James Monroe High School Wednesday morning. She is charged with malicious wounding, brandishing a firearm, discharging a firearm within the city limits and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.