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Five arrested after chemical tanks struck by gunfire

Posted at 11:37 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 11:37:35-04

RIDGEWAY, N.Y. (WKBW) — 3 adults and 2 juveniles are facing charges after chemical tanks were found punctured by bullets and leaking chemicals.

Monday afternoon, the Ridgeway Fire Department was called to the Helena Agri-Enterprises LLC facility on Allis Road due to a chemical leak issue. Once on the scene, first responders determined that the leak was due to bullet holes in the chemical tank itself. It appeared that bullets had ricocheted of nearby buildings and the tank.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, NYS DEC, NYS Police and Medina Police all responded to the scene and searched the nearby area. Police found 5 people, 2 adults and 3 juveniles, south of the chemical facility who admitted to target hooting in the area, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators believe the chemical facility was directly in line with the target shooting. Jared S. Silva, Stephen J. Jackson, Joe W. Jackson and the 3 juveniles were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

It's estimated that $65,000 in damage was done to the chemical storage tanks.