• Kyodo


A youth and a man from the U.S. were arrested on Saturday for firing an air gun at a male pedestrian in Urasoe, Okinawa Prefecture.

Police arrested an 18-year-old American who studies at a local high school and 21-year-old Zedrik Harbort, who lives with his family on a U.S. military base in the prefecture. Both are residents of the town of Chatan.

The two admitted the crime and said they did it for a lark. The man they shot was not injured.

According to the investigation, around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, the two approached a 51-year-old man walking along a street in Urasoe and fired several shots using plastic air guns. Two shots are believed to have hit the man in the back.

The 18-year-old U.S. driver of the car, also a member of a family stationed at a U.S. military facility, was arrested for illegally possessing around 1 gram of dried marijuana and arrested under the Cannabis Control Law.

The suspects were handed over to Japanese authorities on Friday.

The three fled after shooting the man, but authorities traced them using their license plate number and with the help of U.S. investigators. , who discovered that the third suspect was in possession of marijuana.

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