A 16-year-old boy is facing an attempted murder charge after pointing a gun at a man and pulling the trigger during a botched carjacking.
Fortunately for the man, the gun misfired and he was not harmed. The same cannot be said about the suspect, who was subdued and detained by the victim with a bat, according to the Turlock Police Department.
The incident began around 10 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Shawnan Drive. The 24-year-old victim was outside his home when he was confronted by two teenaged boys who demanded the keys to his car.
The man refused to hand over the keys and was subsequently hit in the leg with a vodka bottle thrown by one of the teenagers. The man was running for his front door when he said he heard a clicking sound. He later told the officers he turned and saw one of the teens pointing a gun at him.
The 24-year-old made it inside the home and the two teens took off running. The man, along with a 29-year-old man residing at the house went looking for the two suspects, armed with a baseball bat.
The men told the police they drove around the surrounding neighborhoods for a short time before spotting the teens in the area of Chakkar Estates Drive and Lazarine Court. According to the police report, the 16-year-old also saw the two men and pointed a .38-caliber handgun at them and fired. But for the second time that night the gun misfired.
The men told the officers they used the bat on the teen to keep him from running away again. The 16-year-old had minor injuries from the encounter, according to the police report.
The 16-year-old was booked into Juvenile Hall after being medically cleared.
The handgun was recovered at the scene and officers found a bullet lodged in the barrel.
The other teen was questioned, but officers determined he was not an active participant in either incident and released him.
The 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted carjacking, and weapon violations, including being a felon in possession of a weapon. The teen had been arrested the week prior for a parole violation.