(10/26/12) - Two Mid-Michigan teenagers were arrested, after police say they shot at drivers along I-69 Thursday night - using a BB gun.
Burton Police detectives are confident the teens are not connected to the random shooter targeting drivers in Oakland, Shiawassee, Livingston and Ingham counties from last week. But the incident did create concern Friday.
Police are taking the situation very seriously, after several drivers called to report they were hit Thursday night along I-69 and Belsay Road, near a cat walk.
Burton detectives took at least three complaints, and Davison Township took one.
A 14 year old and a 16 year old were arrested Friday. Police believe the duo was shooting at drivers along I-69 Thursday night near the Belsay Road exit.
They found several BBs and recovered three BB guns at the scene.
Burton Police chief Tom Osterholzer says social media played a role in creating lots of panic in Genesee County Friday, where the victims thought the random shooter had made its way to Mid-Michigan. But authorities believe that's not the case.
"I was told it was posted to Facebook that one of these victims went home and thought they were a victim of the same sniper," he said. "We have no reason to believe this is any way shape or form connected to that. You can understand why people would feel that and that's why our officers took it very seriously last night."
A mother of four was among the victim's targeted Thursday night. She thought a rock hit her windshield.
"There were no other cars around, so I thought either kids were throwing something off the bridge or something fell off it," said Andrea Delvecchio.
Delvecchio's front windshield was hit when she was on her way home to Davison.
"I know the exact time. It was 9:47 because I texted my son," she said. "I was driving eastbound on 69 at Belsay going under the walking bridge, driving home, I thought it was a rock or something coming off the walk way. It's scary to think you're just driving along and someone could be shooting at your car. People ... take life for granted. I have four kids and to think that you're just driving and someone could just be shooting at you for no reason is sad."
Several pellets and three BB guns were recovered at the scene.
"They did in fact appear to BB gun holes and not hand gun rounds. Officers did some follow up and located some BBs in the area of the cat walk," Osterholzer said.
Police are certain the driving public are not in any danger.
"I-69 and Belsay Road are completely safe for folks traveling through Burton and Davison Township," Osterholzer said.
"I'm glad no one is hurt, but now it's the cost of having to replace my windshield," Delvecchio said.
At last check with police, the two teens are being held at the Genesee County Juvenile Detention Center.
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