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Eric Ward Westman, 21, of Asheboro.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Police said a man was arrested for firing an AK 47 at least seven times in his yard, striking a vehicle and causing minor injuries Wednesday night in Asheboro.

The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported that Eric Ward Westman, 21, allegedly fired the weapon at 333 Foust St. around 11:24 p.m.

The paper reported that two women were on Foust Street when a bullet went through their vehicle. The women reportedly had cuts on their legs which appeared to be from shrapnel when the bullet went through.

Police said they arrested the suspect after responding to the call on foot, hiding behind a tree and a building and calming him down by talking to him.

Westman was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into occupied property, discharge a firearm in the city and going armed to the terror of the public, according to the paper.

He is reportedly being held without bond in Randolph County jail pending his first court appearance.

Source: The Asheboro Courier-Tribune.