CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some neighbors in a north Charlotte neighborhood said they are worried about a 19-year-old who walks around with a rifle strapped to his back.
WCNC reported John Schultz also wears a bullet-proof vest, carries ammunition and has a knife in a holster during his walks.
Schultz walks through Walnut Creek, which is off Sunset Road. He said his walks are for exercise and picking up garbage.
Schultz said he is not a threat to anyone and the gun is his grandfather’s 303 British Enfield from WWII.
But some neighbors said they fear he is an incident of vigilante justice waiting to happen.
Neighbor Vanessa Aidara said the rifle scares her and her children enough that they won’t play in the yard.
“He could be good without the rifle,” Aidara said. “The rifle is what scares everybody because why do you need a rifle to pick up trash, get a trash bag.”
Schultz said he has spotted peeping toms and potential burglars in backyards while on his walks.
“I won’t brandish a firearm or anything, I won’t chase somebody around. I will ask them to stop,” Schultz said.
Police said Schultz is not breaking any laws because he is not pointing the gun at anyone or threatening anyone with it.