BB Guns Look Like Pistols

WHEELING-Wheeling police confiscated four carbon dioxide powered BB guns Monday after responding to a call regarding shots being fired at the Mount Wood Overlook.

Detective Greg McKenzie said four officers responding to a 7 p.m. call found three juveniles and an 18-year-old at the overlook firing the weapons at unknown targets.

They cited Edauncia Walker, 18, for contributing to the delinquency of minors and discharging a firearm within city limits. The juveniles, two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old were not cited.

He said the weapons closely resemble .40 caliber Beretta hand guns used by police.

“One even had a laser scope on it that actually fit on one of our duty weapons,” he said.

He said the BB guns could easily be mistaken by police as being real guns.

“If a person flashed one of these to police, that person could very easily be shot and killed,” he said. “The same is true if the BB gun is shown to a private citizen who is armed.”

McKenzie said most BB guns have a red marking on the front of the barrel but the ones confiscated Monday were not marked.

“Chances are they took them off to make the guns look more real,” he said.

He said parents should be aware of the type of BB guns their children have and they should know if the red barrel markings have been removed

According to McKenzie, the guns seized Monday included one resembling a Beretta, two looking like a Colt and one like a Baby Desert Eagle.

“They not only look like the real thing, they have the same brand markings,” he said.