Jerquan Dickson is apparently not a big fan of snowballs.
Police in York, Pennsylvania, say the 22-year-old was driving down West King Street when a group of teenagers threw snowballs at his car. He then stopped the car and got out, following the group to another street.
But when he caught up with them, Jerquan Dickson didn’t try to talk to the teens or ask why they had thrown the snowballs. Instead, he pulled out his handgun and fired at least six rounds in their direction.
A witness heard the gunshots and saw Dickson emerge from an alley and get back into his car. Police were able to catch up with him a short time later. During an interview, he reportedly admitted to getting out of the car and confronting the teens.
Police later got a search warrant for a home on West King Street, the same street where the incident started, and reportedly found the Smith and Wesson hidden in a laundry basket in a third-floor bedroom. The gun is now being matched with six spent 9 mm shell casings found at the scene of the shooting.
This is not the first time that a snowball fight has escalated drastically. In a now-famous incident, a Twitter-planned snowball fight in Washington, D.C., back in 2010 ended with a detective pulling a handgun.
The fight, which took place during a massive snowstorm and was planned via Twitter, drew about 200 people, including some who had anti-war signs. A plainclothes police detective was among the drivers who got caught up in the snowball fight, and witnesses say he got out of his car and brandished his gun at the crowd.
“At the intersection, heading west along U was this big maroon Hummer,” said participant named Matthew Bradley. “A small faction of people decided to target it with snowballs. They’re throwing snowballs at the Hummer. It turns out the driver of the Hummer is a detective. He gets out. He’s waving a walkie talkie. It’s not going well. Then he starts waving a gun. He hadn’t identified himself at this point. There was a point where things cooled off a bit, more police showed up, and he identified himself at that point.”
Jerquan Dickson is charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person for shooting at the snowball-throwing teens in York. The victim was taken to York Hospital, but his injuries are considered non-life threatening.