Video showing a woman pointing a gun at teenagers in St. Charles County, Mo., went viral on the web and grabbed the attention of police.
Tracy Leeser said she had no intention of firing her weapon when she pointed a loaded handgun at a group of teens during a confrontation in the St. Charles Hills Subdivision. Instead, Leeser claims she was trying to scare off the group before they could hurt her 15-year-old son.
“They were within a foot of me, threatening me and my family,” said Leeser. “I was scared to death.”
The woman’s actions prompted Tyrelle Ware to record the tense situation on his cell phone camera and post the video to social media.
“When she aimed the gun at me, I was kind of shocked,” said Ware. The conflict has raised concern for all families involved. Christina Halton said she hopes Leeser is penalized for pointing the weapon at one of her sons.
“As a parent, I think this is setting a very bad example for our youth,” said Halton. “I would love to see charges filed and them charged to the highest [degree].”
The confrontation escalated over the past weekend when someone allegedly fired BB gun pellets into Leeser’s home, as her 8-year-old daughter sat inside. Halton said her son was not involved in the BB gun incident.
St. Charles County police said they have talked with everyone involved, and their investigation is ongoing.