A Blue Springs teenager has been charged with trying to rob an ice cream truck driver who was wounded by pellets from a BB gun.
Isiah Etienne, 17, has been charged with first-degree attempted robbery.
Court records show up to four teenagers tried to rob ice cream truck driver Patrick G. Schramke, of Independence, last Tuesday near 29th and Jackson streets in Blue Springs.
Investigators said the young men were in a park shooting a BB gun they had just bought when they saw the ice cream truck and decided to rob it.
The shooting startled residents of a quiet subdivision. Witnesses reported the ice cream truck was in a cul-de-sac when several young men approached demanding money from the 47-year-old driver. Schramke was shot but managed to drive a couple of blocks looking for help.
When the ice cream truck driver wouldn't turn over the money, investigators say Etienne shot him in the head, neck and arm with the BB gun. Schramke reportedly told a witness that he had just $15 on him when he was shot.
"It's a fine line between shooting someone with a toy gun or a pistol in the face," Blue Springs detective Jeremy Dickstein said. "Your intention is still the same, the crime is still the same. Robbery is still a robbery if done with a toy pistol or a real pistol."
Schramke was not seriously hurt and was treated for wounds to his head, neck and arm. He is now home and recovering.
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