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Teen arrested after waving airsoft gun at woman

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For the second time in less than a week an airsoft gun was mistakenly thought to be a real gun, but this time it left a teenager terrified and another in custody.

The 19-year-old woman was driving on Frontage Road off Shawnee Mission Parkway on Monday when she noticed a car with three passengers coming toward her. At second glance, she saw the gun.

"They were waiving the gun at me. I looked at them for like, five seconds. I recall them waving the gun at me and they were smiling," Valery Freyre said.

If it was meant to be fun and games, authorities said it was far from it

"I was terrified," Freyre said.

The teen had her best friends' little sister in the car with her as they headed to the store, but instead of the shopping trip she was calling 911 in a panic.

"I didn't know what kind of gun it was. I was freaking out. I didn't know if they were going to come back," she said.

Freyre told police about the car and soon police had it pulled over. They found the gun Freyre said the driver was pointing right at her as they slowly drove by.

Turns out it was an airsoft gun. The only way to tell the difference between it and a real gun is the orange tip. But, officials said, in real-life situations it's tough to spot, even by trained professionals.

"The biggest problem for police is [that] they look real. When police respond [to seeing a toy gun] they are going to as if it's a real gun and that places the person with the airsoft gun in a lot of danger," Maj. Bill Hisle with the Shawnee Police Department said.

In Merriam, KS, last week, police were called to Robinhood Lane off Shawnee Mission Parkway. A neighbor said she saw three people in full camouflage with what looked like assault rifles. Police responded and one of the officers said someone pointed the rifle at him. The officer drew his weapon and was ready to shoot when he noticed the orange tip on the barrel.

As it turns out it was teenagers playing a game, but the game almost cost one teen his life.

"If there's a threat, we are trained to eliminate the threat. It's pure luck I saw orange," said Master Police Officer Corey Heron, who was involved in the Merriam incident.

In Freyre's case, she didn't know the weapon wasn't real until police told her. But, as long as the victim believes the threat is real, authorities said that's all that matters.

The 17-year-old who was waving the gun was arrested.

"I feel like he needs to learn a lesson not to do that. Our world is not safe, you shouldn't do that," Freyre said.

The teenage suspect is facing a charge of aggravated assault. The teenager in Merriam will not face any charges stemming from last week's incident.

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