Five charged with shooting chemical tanks

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsOfficials at Helena Agri-Enterprises LLC in Ridgeway estimated damages of about $65,000 after errant target shooters allegedly hit chemical tanks and buildings at the facility.

RIDGEWAY — Three adults and two juveniles were arrested and accused of shooting chemical tanks and buildings at Helena Agri-Enterprises Monday afternoon, Orleans County Sheriff Christopher Bourke said.

Rigdeway firefighters were called to the business on Allis Road just before 5 p.m. for a report of a tank of chemicals leaking.

Fire officials discovered that tanks had been punctured by bullets and “with bullets still ricocheting off the tanks and building,” Bourke said.

Deputies, state police, Medina police and DEC officers converged on the scene and found five people south of the business.

The five were target shooting and told deputies where they had been shooting. An investigation revealed the shooting lane was in direct line with the chemical tanks and building, Bourke said.

Jared S. Silva, 41, Stephen J. Jackson, 41, Joe W. Jackson, 35, and two juveniles were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Bourke said extensive damage was done to the holding tanks. Helena officials estimated damage at $65,000.

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