PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Garfield man was released from the Allegheny County Jail Monday night after allegedly shooting at kids Sunday afternoon.
George Woodson, 62, was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at some boys he believed were harassing him.
Police were called to the 5000-block of Dearborn Street after reports of gunfire.
When officers arrived in the neighborhood, they saw two men running in different directions.
One of them, later identified as Michael Mitchell, suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh.
Mitchell told investigators that he was just walking when he saw a man with a black-hooded sweatshirt running away from the front of Woodson’s home.
He said he saw Woodson come out of the home and start shooting.
Woodson told KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti that he was just trying to protect his home.
After interviewing a witness, police went to Woodson’s house. He told authorities that he shot at kids who were throwing bricks at his house.
Woodson claims his house was fire-bombed on Thanksgiving Eve by someone who thinks he snitched to police.
Woodson is an Air Force veteran who has lived in the Garfield home for 20 years.
He told police he couldn’t take any more harassment from individuals breaking his windows.
He also said he wished he had called 911 instead.
“I wish I would have called the police. I acted before I thought,” Woodson said.
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