Mississippi Father & Son Chases And Shoots At Black Teens Arrested


A Mississippi father and son were arrest­ed after chas­ing two Black teens rid­ing ATVs and shoot­ing at them over the week­end. Two white men, 48-year-old Wade Oscar Twiner and his 22-year-old son Lane Twiner have been charged with aggra­vat­ed assault after they pur­sued two Black teenagers rid­ing ATVs in Yazoo County, Mississippi, on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The father and son, “pur­sued them and tried to stop them and to shoot them and bump them with the four-wheel­er,” said Yazoo County Sheriff Jacob Sheriff told WBLT news. Authorities are inves­ti­gat­ing the inci­dent as a pos­si­ble hate crime. The teens were the only Black peo­ple on the road who were assault­ed, although it is a com­mon des­ti­na­tion for joyrides on ATVs, hors­es, and buggies.
“We’re still look­ing at some things on that to see if we can estab­lish a hate crime or not. We’ve got to get with the DA and look at the statutes to say whether that would be a hate crime or not,” Sheriff said.


Not only did they shoot at him, but they also ran into the back of his four-wheel­er, and that could also have been mur­der right then and there,” she said. Both teens’ iden­ti­ties remain undisclosed.
One of the teens report­ed that he can still hear the sound of the gun­shots when he clos­es his eyes. He said he had trou­ble sleep­ing the night of the inci­dent and could see both men shoot­ing at him at one point, one aim­ing from the driver’s side win­dow, and the oth­er reach­ing over the roof from the passenger’s side.
“It was kind of dif­fi­cult last night since it was the first night it hap­pened, so we just have to take it step by step, day by day to see how it plays out,” the victim’s moth­er said.
He also not­ed that he had not been tres­pass­ing on the Twiner’s prop­er­ty. The Twiners said that because they pay tax­es and own prop­er­ty on both sides of the road they should not have to deal with peo­ple rid­ing ATVs on the road.
The Twiners were booked at the Yazoo Regional Correctional Facility, with bonds set at $70,000. They were due to appear in court on Tuesday.