Teen Charged With Assault With A Deadly Weapon In Duplin County Paintball Shooting

A drive by shooting with a paintball gun leaves a woman bruised and two young men facing charges.

Beulaville police in Duplin County say around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Charlene Williams was walking on North Jackson street when police say 17-year-old Scott Sullivan from Wilmington shot her with a paintball gun.

Police say Sullivan and his passenger sped off towards Lenoir County where deputies later caught up with them .

Sullivan is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.


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  • by CCW Location: Duplin on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Well NC new Castle Doctrine would have been a rude awaking for these two.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    Anything that can cause injury or death if use for that purpose is considered a deadly weapon. You could seriously hurt someone with your keys if you use them right.
  • by Donna on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    Those things hurt like all get out especially if they hit a person just right. But I think some of the people here just don't get it. These fools shot someone they did not know with to provocation. It very well could have caused serious injury or death given the right circumstances. Wonder how some of you would like for this to happen to you? bet you would be singing a different song then.
  • by Good shot on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Would love to have been there.
  • by Fed Up II Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Not Smart, but Not a deadly weapon either!
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      by Idiots quietly defending idiots! on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:38 AM in reply to Fed Up II
      Let someone shoot directly down your throat with one of those pellets, and then you'll see it can be a deadly weapon. That's if you live to change your mind!
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        by Larry on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:17 AM in reply to Idiots quietly defending idiots!
        Yeah...I guess you're right. I suppose a pencil is considered a deadly weapon too since you can kill someone with it if you stab 'em in the right place. Same difference. Hey - yawn great big so I can shoot this paintball down your throat. Jeez...what an imagination.
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        by REM on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to Idiots quietly defending idiots!
        I have been shot directly in the neck/throat from 10 ft. at 300fps. It breaks skin and may hurt a little, but it's not deadly. You usage of "pellets" shows that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. In the context that the market was used, it cannot be legally considered a "deadly weapon". The whole idea behind paintball markers are that they were designed to NOT be deadly, even when used against someone without protective gear.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:52 PM in reply to Fed Up II
      Try that stunt in Virginia. At a minimum they will charge you with brandishing a weapon. Remember the McMissile case in Spotsylvania, VA? Women threw a cup of ice through her car window at another driver on Interstate 95. The woman who threw the cup was found guilty of hurling a missile and did time in the pokey there for her conviction. What you may find amusing others find annoying.
  • by Pam Location: Wilmington on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:21 AM
    Scott Sullivan is 17 not 21.
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      by LSD on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:54 AM in reply to Pam
      17? 21? Who cares? He's a jerk.
  • by Betsy Location: NC on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:01 AM
    So you don't consider an idiot shooting something powerful at someone dangerous! What if he had shot your grandmother who had a bad back, or worse yet, a bad heart and she died, or ended up in surgery after falling from the pain and fright. Anything that you do to someone else without their consent is wrong.
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      by reply to Betsy on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:12 AM in reply to Betsy
      Betsy sometime even with their consent but you got the point right if it was my grandmother or mother or sister for that point the cops need to find them before i do.
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      by REM on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to Betsy
      At very worse, you could lose an eye from a shot with a paintball. Consider for a moment that it's actually called a paintball marker, not "gun" per se. Although I will have to agree with you, it's just plain wrong to do something like that and I hope justice is served.
  • by Diane Location: NC on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:52 AM
    One article after another shows that young people have lost all caring, compassion, empathy, sympathy, and sense of right and wrong. Since mothers were required to work to support their families, children either raised themselves with questionable TV shows and video games, or were put in daycare with people who had no reason to care about them, only their paychecks, so kids grew up to be violent, uncaring, self-absorbed adults that we are unfortunately dealing with now. Drugs and alcohol would be less of a problem for people if they were raised by a caring family member who modeled proper behavior.
  • by 40some on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    Deadly weapon? Might be hard to make that stick. Assault causing bodily injury? Most definately. He should do some time but he'll get a plea deal and probation with the right lawyer. I think he should be publicly caned on the court house steps. Idiot.
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      by REM on Nov 22, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to 40some
      Agreed. Deadly weapon will never stick as a charge.
  • by Jamie on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    Charge him as a terrorist, ruin his life forever. Immature mistakes will no linger be tolerated in our new Police State.
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