NC boy, 7, faces felony charges after hitting cars with BB gun

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A seven-year-old Catawba County boy has been charged with a felony after he struck two vehicles while shooting his BB gun.

Sam Grant is on spring break this week, but he’s also preparing to go before a judge to face two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

Grant’s parents say the charges stem from an incident in February when he was playing outside his home with his BB gun.  They said he began shooting at an abandoned house across the street, but he struck two cars that were passing by.

Grant’s mother, Cherry Robbins, says she immediately called the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

“The officer told me he didn't want to charge my son.  The lady told me she didn’t want him charged and the next thing I know, I’m getting a letter from DPS saying he’s being charged with two felonies,” Cherry Robbins said.

His parents believe the charges are wrong.  They hope the charges will be dropped.

“They considered his BB gun a firearm.  It’s not a firearm -- it’s a BB gun,” Grant’s father, Ray Robbins, said.

If convicted, Grant could be dealing with a year of probation and hundreds of hours of community service.  If convicted, the felonies could remain on his record until he turns 16.

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