Teenager pulls gun on worker at Mallards Ballpark
A worker at Madison Mallards Ballpark noticed two young boys inside the ballpark around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th.
When the worker told the 10-year-old and the 14-year-old to leave, the 14-year-old pulled a black handgun from his pants.
According to the Madison Police Department, the gun was not pointed at the employee and the two boys left the area. They have not been located.
The 14-year-old was described as a black boy wearing a bright orange shirt and black pants. The 10-year-old was a white boy wearing a gray shirt and black pants.
Officer David Dexheimer said this incident speaks to the growing issues with guns and youth in the city.
"The guns can come from anywhere. They can come from somebody's home, from thefts and could be BB guns," Officer Dexheimer said.
He said there has been a steady increase in guns stolen from unlocked cars, and the best way to help is to be aware of where your guns are and lock them up.
"Where does a kid get a handgun? Often times we find out they're not real handguns. A lot of times they're BB guns or airsoft guns, but they have the look and the feel of a real gun. That creates a whole other level of difficulty because police don't know at a distance," he said.
MPD will host a National Night Out event on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. where the community can come out to the Mallard's park and meet local first responders and police.