ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) - The Asheville Police Department announced that two teenage suspects were charged after they allegedly shot a homeless woman with an airsoft gun last month.

Officers said charges against the two suspects were drawn in the form of a petition for Assault Inflicting Serious Injury. The matter was referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice, according to officers.

An organization offered a cash reward in October as police were looking for the suspect(s) accused of shooting a homeless woman in the face with an automatic airsoft gun Oct. 19.

The Asheville Police Department said officers recovered 50 pellet rounds along Patton Avenue near where the incident happened. 

The police department said that the suspect were seen riding in a dark two-door sedan at the time of the shooting. On October 26, they released surveillance footage showing suspect's car moments before and after the incident occurred. 

Asheville Police need help finding this suspect (Asheville Police Department, October 26, 2021)

After more than a week of not finding the suspect, the Help Asheville Bears (HAB) organization said they would offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identity and arrest of the people who "targeted a struggling homeless woman that was sitting against the outside wall" of a building.

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AvidHuntress 010

First a air soft firearm only uses plastic pellets and another something catches my eye with the whole incident is nobody else seen anything and the woman is a well known friend of the streets and isn't usually alone from asking around it is no secret she isn't too friendly and often times lashes out but nobody has much bad to say about her more investigating needs to be conducted about this isolated incident, stories such as these shouldn't be aired until all possible footwork and investigations are exhausted and more of a solid conclusion be made and a statement based more on facts be made. I would love to be of some assistance but the city hasn't been too friendly to me in my 43 years being a pillar of it!


What do you want the city to do for you besides pick up trash and provide police and fire ? So this homeless chick is unfriendly does that mean she can be shot at with a soft gun ? The news shouldn't report on reports received and shared by official government sources ? . Huh v

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