Police searching for shooting suspect
by Rachael Griffin
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot into an unoccupied car and threatened a community center employee over the weekend.

Ontario Collins, a program aid at the South Highland Community Center on South Allen Avenue, said a 16-year-old boy, who was suspended from the community center, tried to enter the facility Friday. Collins, 30, of Anniston, said he did not let the teen in and later discovered two windows in his car were shattered.

“It shocked me,” Collins said.

Collins said the suspect was suspended from the community center for using obscene language and trying to fight with employees.

Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said it appeared the vehicle was shot at, but police were unable to recover any evidence at the scene. The car sustained $950 worth of damages, according to a police report.

Collins said the teen returned Saturday afternoon and threatened Collins with a pistol.

“This is the first time something like this has actually happened to me,” Collins said. “This is not an ongoing thing that happens at this community center.”

Sparks said the teen fled before police arrived. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect will likely face charges of discharging a firearm into a vehicle, a felony, as well as third-degree criminal trespassing and menacing, which are both misdemeanors, Sparks said.

A person commits the crime of menacing when he, by physical action, threatens a person with serious physical injury.

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.

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