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Man charged for shooting at truck

A 35-year-old McDuffie County man recently was arrested for assaulting two men by shooting at them with a shotgun as they passed in front of his residence, authorities say.

It resulted in one of the two victims being slightly injured.

McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Al Reeves said Steven Edward Smith, of the 3900 block of Rabun Road, Thomson, was taken into custody on Aug. 12.

Mr. Smith was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, criminal damage to property in the second degree and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Investigator Reeves said.

Mr. Smith since has been released from jail at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center on $15,150 bail, the investigator added.

The crimes reportedly occurred on Aug. 11 about 7:30 p.m. in front of the residence of Mr. Smith on Rabun Road.

"Mr. Smith was upset about a speeding and reckless vehicle passing his house," Investigator Reeves said.

He reportedly followed the driver and a passenger of the pickup truck to their residence where words were exchanged between the men, the investigator explained.

As Mr. Smith was leaving, he told his two victims, whose names were not released, to '"Do it again,"' the lawman said.

"He told the victims this three times in a row," Investigator Reeves added.

About an hour later, the victims went by Mr. Smith's house again.

At that time, Mr. Smith reportedly fired one round directly at the truck from a .410 shotgun, the investigator said.

"It peppered the whole passenger side of the truck," Investigator Reeves said.

A passenger in the truck, the 23-year-old son of the truck driver, received what the lawman described as a superficial wound to one of his arms.

Investigator Reeves said he later learned that the two men in the truck are mechanics.

"They were trying to fix the timing that had messed up on the truck when they were shot at," Investigator Reeves said.



Web posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010













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