Teen hurt, shots fired at residence

COVINGTON - A young teenager was assaulted and shots were fired into a vehicle at a party on Bridges Way late Saturday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said deputies were summoned to 160 Bridges Way in reference to "a juvenile problem" about 11 p.m., but while en route, 911 dispatchers notified them that a person had been shot.

"When deputies arrived, they discovered no one had been shot," Mitchell said. "A juvenile had been injured, however, from an altercation."

Mitchell said it appeared there was a chaperoned party taking place at the Bridges Way home at the time of the altercation.

"Individuals began showing up at the party who were not supposed to be there, and an altercation ensued when they were asked to leave," he said.

Mitchell said investigators believe the juvenile, who he said was between 13 and 14 years of age, was struck in the head with the gun that was used to fire several rounds into a vehicle at the location.

"It is still an open investigation. Investigators are trying to determine who carried the weapon and who fired the shots and ... who struck the juvenile," he said. "Several persons of interest were questioned."

The weapon has not been recovered, Mitchell said.

During the course of their investigation at the scene, Mitchell said officers arrested Wibelyne Jean-Pierre, 17, of 320 Bridges Way and charged her with obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Mitchell said the injured teen was treated and released by Newton Medical Center emergency room personnel.

In other crime news, four juveniles have been charged in connection with the vandalism of a vacant home Jan. 6. Damages are estimated to exceed $10,000.

According to Mitchell, the four allegedly entered a residence on Hazelhurst Drive, off Brown Bridge Road, breaking 13 double-pane windows, breaking kitchen cabinets and damaging two interior doors.

Three of the juvenile males are 14 and one is 16. Each was charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. Two of the four were charged in connection with giving false information to a police officer.

All four of the youngsters were released to the custody of their parents.

Vandals also struck at a home on Huntington Street, apparently throwing a wooden bench through the front windows of the house.

According to an NCSO incident report, the homeowner reported that during the night of Jan. 2 or early morning of Jan. 3, the bench, which sat outside the front door, was thrown through the two front windows of her home.

"Both windows were shattered and rocks were scattered throughout the front yard," the report stated. Estimated damage was $600.

Earlier reports in that neighborhood detailed vandalism that included a flag pole belonging to one neighbor being thrown through the garage door of another.

The investigation into these incidents is ongoing.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.