A white father and son from rural Mississippi have been arrested on charges of chasing two black teenagers in ATVs off the road, and then shooting at them from their pickup truck.
Wade Twiner, 48, and his son, Lane Twiner, 22, were each charged with three counts of aggravated assault, and the incident is being investigated by both federal officials and the local district attorney’s office as a possible hate crime, Yazoo County Sheriff Jacob Sheriff told the Clarion Ledger.
The Twiners told cops they own land on both sides of the road, pay taxes, and don’t want people riding ATVs on the road since it’s illegal.
The Twiners also rammed their truck into one of the ATVs, the sheriff said. Authorities found a 9mm handgun and believe another, unrecovered, firearm might have been involved.
Previously, the Twiners had posted slogans and memes to their social media accounts such as “Redneck Neighborhood Watch,” “You Loot We Shoot” and images of a Confederate flag.
No one was hurt in Sept. 27 incident which had similarities to the Ahmaud Arbery case. Arbery was a 25-year-old black man shot and killed by a white father-son duo in February while he was out jogging.
But one of the victims and his mother told WLBT-TV the attack was like something out of a horror movie.
One of the teenagers said when he closes his eyes he can still hear the gunshots and feel the shock of the truck hitting his ATV. He saw one of the men shooting at him from the driver’s side, and the other shooting from across the roof of the truck from the passenger side.
“Not only did they shoot at him, they also ran into the back of his four wheeler, and that could also have been murder right then and there,” the teen’s mother told WLBT.
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