Cops: Children run after James Island resident points gun at ice cream truck

Published: Sep. 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM EDT
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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Police say a 59-year-old man is behind bars after pointing a gun at woman driving an ice cream truck and telling her to leave the neighborhood.

The Charleston Police Department has charged Richard Lee Hill with pointing a firearm.

On Sunday afternoon, officers responded to the area of Bayview Farms Boulevard and Clark Sound Circle on James Island in reference to an assault involving a weapon. The victim, a 52-year-old woman, said she was selling ice cream to kids out of her ice cream truck when the incident happened.

A police report states the victim's truck was parked next to Hill's home during the incident.

According to police, as the victim was selling ice cream to the kids, Hill became agitated, went into his home and retrieved a 9mm pistol. Authorities say Hill then walked outside with the gun and pointed it at the victim as he yelled obscenities at her.

A police report states Hill said ,"Get the (expletive) out of here" and "There is no (expletive) soliciting in the this neighborhood" and other obscenities.

The victim said she and the children, who witnessed the incident, took off around the block.

Police say when they got to the scene they saw Hill sitting in his backyard. Officers then approached Hill and detained him. Officers say Hill spontaneously said that the gun was inside his home.

Hill told investigators that he did get his gun and had it in his hands, but that he was pointing it at the ground. According to Hill, there were bullets in the clip but none in the chamber. Officers say Hill was apologetic and said it was a "dumb mistake."

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