Cousins arrested in random pellet gun shootings

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

ROSWELL, Ga.,None - Police have tracked down a pair of cousins who they say have been randomly shooting at cars and at businesses.

Police in Alpharetta and Roswell followed up on leads to find the people they believe are behind at least nine random shootings along the Mansell Road-Highway 9 corridor. Police arrested Rashaun Stevens, Javon Toppin and confiscated an air rifle.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik talked to one of the victims who's hopping mad about what happened to him.

"We heard a bang. We weren't sure what it was," Alistair D'Avilar said. "Came outside and saw the whole windshield shattered. The whole windshield was all over the floor."

Since Monday, police in Roswell and Alpharetta said they believe the same people have been firing randomly at cars and businesses along the Mansell Road-Highway 9 corridor.

Roswell has recorded three cases and Alpharetta another six.

"It's a very dangerous situation," Officer Lisa Holland of the Roswell Police Department said. "The middle of the day, there's a lot of traffic there. There's a lot of restaurants nearby and a lot of bystanders that can be hit by this."  

The owner of an SUV sent Petchenik pictures of the damage to her truck. She said someone shot out a window while she was driving on Mansell Road on Monday afternoon. She told Petchenik by phone she found four bullet holes in the side of the truck.

"It's all random. I don't think she was targeted in anyway. People need to be aware of their surroundings," Holland said.

"It's a tragic situation. Someone's going around doing this, just for fun," D'Avilar said.