COVINGTON — Two carloads of teenagers attacked and threatened a family gathered outside with other neighbors, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 8:30 p.m. on Monday a group of people was playing basketball outside on Creekview Trail while other neighbors gathered outside to socialize when a blue car with about five people inside drove past and a juvenile girl pointed her finger out the car window at another female standing outside with her parents.
The car drove a little farther up the street, parked and the occupants got out and walked back toward the female victim, said NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.
“The juvenile girl started saying inappropriate things to the other girl and to the girl’s father,” Morrison said. “The father advised the juvenile that she needed to leave. The juvenile then said she would assault him too.”
At that point, another vehicle drove up with two men riding on top of the hood and two older males inside. The two older men got out of the car and the girl’s father told them to leave as well, authorities said.
“One of the men confronted the father and swung on him,” Morrison reported. “The father was able to get that male off when the others jumped on him.”
Someone pulled the men off the father when one of the men pulled out a gun.
In the meantime, the females from the first car jumped on the juvenile victim and her mother, hitting them in the face and the head.
“The mom then turned around and saw a male from the other car had a gun in her face,” Morrison said.
The victim’s father was able to get everyone inside the house and called 911.
“While the males were leaving the scene, one threatened to come back and kill them,” Morrison said.
She said the case has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division and suspects, whose ages range from middle school to high school age, have been identified. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 678-625-1400 or by making an anonymous tip at www.newtonsheriffga.org.