Man shoots two teens with BB gun — once because middle schooler didn’t use crosswalk

A Manassas man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shooting two teenagers whom he did not know with a BB gun.

Raul Soto, 24, was charged with two counts of malicious wounding. Both victims sustained minor injuries.

In the more recent instance, which happened on Wednesday morning, the 14-year-old victim told police that a man approached him on a mountain bike while he was walking to his school bus stop in Manassas. The teenager told police he was not crossing the road at the crosswalk, and the man pointed to the crosswalk and said he should obey the law.

The man then followed the middle school student to his bus stop, took a BB gun from his backpack and shot the teenager twice in the stomach, according to Manassas police.

On May 13, another teenager reported being shot with a BB gun by an unknown assailant. In that incident, the 15-year-old victim and his sister were walking in their Manassas neighborhood in the afternoon. The assailant approached on a bicycle, asked for directions, then pulled his BB gun from his backpack and shot the teenager in the chest.

The victim told police that the man who shot him then apologized and said he had meant to play a prank.

After the second victim reported the shooting Wednesday morning when he arrived at Metz Middle School, police arrested Soto at about 2:30 p.m.

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Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.

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