Salisbury police say three teens were using cell phones to record their attack on a homeless man, that began with a beating and included an attempt to shoot him when he fought back.
It happened Wednesday at 3:30 a.m. in the Cannon Park area, reported the Salisbury Post.
Police told the Post that Matthew MacPhee was sleeping in the park when three young men approached him. One teen began beating him, while two others recorded the incident on their cell phones, it was reported.
MacPhee stood up to the teens, shoving one of them, which prompted one to pull out a gun and aim it at MacPhee, it was reported. The gun either jammed or the safety was on, but it did not fire, the Post said.
MacPhee ran and hid behind a tree and the teen fired the gun, missing him, it was reported. The teens then ran and police later found them in a nearby parking lot. One was in possession of a stolen .380 caliber gun at the time, the Post reported. The victim identified the teens and they were arrested.
The Post reports William Thomas Kennedy, 17, Jesus Macias-Macias, 18, and Jameon Kentrell Sanders were charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, among other crimes.