A man accused of yelling anti-Asian slurs while threatening to kill his neighbors over a garbage dispute in Hawthorne, Fla., has been arrested and charged with assault.
What happened: Cody McClure, 19, allegedly went to his neighbors’ residence on Sunday after seeing trash dumped in his yard on 119 Twin Lakes Rd. A dispute broke out and led to the suspect pointing a gun at two people, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
McClure allegedly called one of his neighbors — who is Asian — racial slurs before pointing his revolver at them, Shore News Network reported.
After the incident, the teenager drove back to his home, where neighbors heard gunshots coming from later, according to First Coast News.
The aftermath: McClure was arrested and taken to Putnam County Jail on the same day. Police found ammunition but no firearms in his home, CBS4 News reported.
McClure was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, despite him saying that he would “kill” his neighbors during the incident, as per the police.
Due to his use of racial slurs, McClure’s charges could be enhanced to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon during sentencing.
McClure is the son of a former clerk of court and county commissioner candidate, according to Palatka Daily News.
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