A 35-year-old woman has been accused of pointing a rifle at several children after getting into an argument with them outside of her New Jersey home Wednesday afternoon, police say.
The woman was charged with making terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of a child and several weapons crimes after police say she threatened the children with a Remington 597 rifle outside her home on Schooner Avenue in Barnegat.
"She was waving the rifle around. She was leveling the rifle at people," said Barnegat Police Lt. Keith Germain.
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Police say the woman went inside her home to grab the gun after getting in an argument with the children after a basketball game.
Neighbor Beverly Meila said the woman had been driving her SUV down the street when she saw her son playing at a basketball hoop on the street. She yelled at him to get in the car, according to Meila.
"The kids were all screaming and yelling, and the kid got in the car and she tore off down the street," said Meila.
Moments later, she came out of her house with the rifle, according to police.
Several people called 911, and the woman was allegedly still in the street holding the gun when police arrived at the scene.
"They were able to talk to her, get her to place the rifle on the ground and take her into custody with no force," said Germain.
She was arrested at the scene and was being held at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $175,000 bail, police say. The woman did have a permit to own a rifle.
"The children did abolsutely nothing wrong," Meila said. "They were just playing basketball like kids do. They're good kids."
-- Brian Thompson contributed to this report.