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Boise Teenager Fires At Pickup; Three Arrested Two Girls Struck As Truck Flees Scene Of Fender-Bender

Tue., Feb. 28, 1995

Police say as part of a bizarre fender-bender that turned violent over the weekend, a 14-year-old boy fired several shots from a stolen .25-caliber automatic handgun.

Two girls, ages 11 and 14, were struck by a pickup. The 14-year-old girl was left lying on a curb. And three teenage boys were arrested after police found three stolen guns in a car they were riding in.

The incident began at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, when a white 1977 Toyota Celica zoomed in front of a red 1976 Ford pickup and slammed on the breaks, said Boise Police Lt. Mike Webb. The pickup rear-ended the Celica. A shouting match erupted involving eight Boise youths - ages 11 to 18 - two in the pickup and six from the Celica, said Lt. Mike Monroe.

Monroe said that during the argument a 14-year-old boy who had been riding in the Celica flashed a handgun. The two boys in the Ford sped away.

“The two people in the red Ford left the scene in the pickup, striking two female juveniles, who had gotten out of the Celica,” Monroe said. The 14-year-old boy fired three rounds at the pickup as it drove off, Monroe said.

That boy and his friends - 18-year-old Jason Lee Bantz, a 17-year-old boy and another young girl - then jumped back into the Celica.

“They grabbed one of the injured girls and drove away, leaving the other injured girl laying there,” Monroe said.

The two in the pickup truck - 18-year-old Lance Malone of Boise and another male passenger - fled the scene and later called 911, Monroe said.

But police had already arrived at Broadway and Myrtle and found the 14-year-old girl who had been left on the curb.

Police stopped the Celica at Vista and Canal streets.

While arresting the three boys in the Celica - Bantz, a 17-year-old and the 14-year-old - police discovered three stolen handguns, including the .25-caliber weapon the 14-year-old had used, Monroe said.

Monroe said police questioned Malone and his passenger in the Ford pickup, but no other arrests were made.

Bantz faces a felony charge of grand theft for a crime committed in Emmett. Police believe the three guns were stolen in Emmett. He is being held at Ada County Jail. The 14-year-old boy was charged with discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, which is a felony. The 17-year-old boy was charged with grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.



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