A 10-year-old boy in South Carolina pulled a handgun on a neighbourhood woman who joked about taking his candy on Halloween.
A 28-year-old woman in Aiken said that she saw boys she knew around 7 pm and joked about taking their candy.
The Augusta Chronicle reported that one of the boys said, “No you’re not …” and pointed a 9 mm handgun at her.
WJBF reported that the boy said, "No you're not b***h!"
She contacted authorities and the boy was taken to the police station, where he was picked up by his parents.
Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno said the gun was not loaded when it was aimed at the woman, but the boy did have a loaded clip in his possession.
A second 10-year-old, which some news reports said was a brother of the other boy, also said he had a gun. According to the Aiken Standard, he threw his away after the altercation and police were not able to find it until Tuesday morning. It was not loaded either.
"There have been some tragic consequences to some of these cases in the past," CBS quoted Captain MaryAnn Burgess of the Aiken Department of Public Safety's Juvenile Division as saying. "Thankfully, this one did not end up in a tragedy, so we're thankful that she called. We'll be looking at their family situation to make sure we don't have any more situations of this magnitude with these little boys."
The boys said the guns belonged to their grandfather and were taken without permission.
Burgess said they have been in trouble before.
The Aiken Standard reported that a 10-year-old cannot be arrested in South Carolina, and children 11 or 12 can be remanded to the Department of Juvenile Justice only with a judge's order.