A Northshore man is recovering after being shot on the job at a Slidell welding company.
"It's kind of surreal," said Friction Stir Link Operations Manager Westin Allen. "I mean if you have an injury at work you expect it to be work related not something that comes from out of the blue. And a shooting, especially, is kind of unheard of."
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said three juveniles admitted to firing a .22 caliber rifle toward Friction Stir Link. That bullet left 21-year-old Aaron Tanguis, of Picayune, with serious injuries while he was working just his third day on the summer job off Camp Villere Road.
"We understand that his injuries, while non-life threatening, may be very significant and may have an impact on his life for quite some time," said St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office Spokesman Capt. George Bonnett.
Allen described Tanguis as a "good all around kid." "He just got out of college and was getting ready to go to boot camp and was gonna go back to college to get a four-year degree," Allen said of the victim.
Bonnett confirmed the 12, 13, and 15-year-old suspects were booked into the Florida Parishes Detention Center, each with one count of negligent injury and one count of illegal discharge of a firearm.
"We had a witness who saw three juveniles running into the woods. We were able to follow that path and find out where they were, and we encountered them at a residence nearby," said Bonnett.
Bonnett noted the rifle used belongs to a parent of one of the suspects and that the juveniles were also armed with a high-powered pellet gun. Neighbors tell WWLTV pellet guns have been a problem in the area for months.
"If you have firearms in your house and you think your kids may find or somehow get access to these weapons please talk to them about the dangers of firearms and the responsibility that goes along with their use," warned Bonnett.