The culmination of the unidentified youth's spree happened about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, when the young man attempted to steal a newspaper delivery vehicle from Jonathon Hafalla. When Hafalla left the vehicle to fill a newspaper box, the youth got into the running vehicle to drive it away. Hafalla shot at the vehicle and told the youth to stop, but the young man put the vehicle in reverse, driving toward Hafalla.
After being shot twice in the arm and once in the stomach, the would-be thief exited the vehicle and, with Hafalla pointing a gun at him, waited for the police.
According to an article in the Reno Gazette-Journal, the shooting ended a crime spree that had started on the previous Friday just before midnight. On that night, a companion of the youth got into a fight at the Frog Pond Bar, and the youth fired shots in the air and at a vehicle, hitting its windows. He and his companion then fled.
Authorities believe that the youth got into more trouble early Sunday morning about 2:15 a.m., when he was presumably involved in a gang-related incident. In that incident, two groups, one in a silver SUV and one in a red pickup, sped through the city, shooting at each other. This exchange ended when the red pickup rammed the SUV, which caught fire, and all of the participants fled.
"About 4 a.m., the 17-year-old's parents called police and said he dropped off the red pickup in their driveway and it was laden with bullet holes," reported the Gazette-Journal. Thirty minutes later the youth tried to steal Hafalla's vehicle. The young man is expected to be charged with attempted theft and other charges from the shooting incidents. Hafalla has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and has not been charged with a crime.
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|Title Annotation:||EXERCISING THE RIGHT|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 13, 2005|
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