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UNT students face additional charges

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By Megan Gray

Two University of North Texas students accused of firing a pellet gun at two students on campus are facing additional charges after police said they injured a 15-year-old boy while he was coming home from school.

Raymond Wax and Victor Avina, both 19, were served warrants Thursday morning at the Denton County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after they allegedly shot an Airsoft gun at the youth shortly after he got off the school bus last Friday afternoon in the 2000 block of Willowwood Street, Denton police said. Airsofts typically fire plastic pellets similar to BBs.

The charge comes days after the two freshmen were jailed on two previous charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They were being held on $50,000 bond, and additional bond had not been set late Thursday.

Avina, a chemistry major, and Wax, a mechanical and energy engineering major, reportedly shot at the teenager six or seven times. He was struck three times, then ran home and told his mother, according to an arrest warrant by Denton police.

The younger teen had welts where the pellets hit him on his back, side and rear end, officials said. He told investigators he didn’t antagonize anyone and was shot at random.

Police said during the investigation, Avina admitted he was involved in the shooting incident with the younger boy. Avina said he was driving while Wax shot at the teen, according to the warrant.

Later that same day, two women students reported they were shot at several times with a pellet gun while they were sitting on a bench at Clark Hall, according to UNT police.

Records show early last Saturday morning a third incident linked to the two UNT students was reported at a gas station near the residential hall on campus. One customer was struck in the leg by a pellet, causing his thigh to bleed, police said. He was treated at a local hospital, but since the pellet was so close to an artery, it wasn’t removed, according to reports.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.