Couple who allegedly shot black man with paintball gun face hate crime charges

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In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo, a man aims his gas-powered gun at his opponents while playing paintball in Kabul, Afghanistan. The arrival of recreational paintball to Afghanistan may seem peculiar to outsiders, especially in a country that’s known decades of war, faces constant bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents and is preparing its own security forces for the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year. However, it shows both the rise of a nascent upper and middle class looking for a diversion with the time to spare, as well as the way American culture has seeped into the country since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to topple the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) Rahmat Gul/AP

Couple who allegedly shot black man with paintball gun face hate crime charges

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A West Virginia couple is being prosecuted on hate crime charges after allegedly threatening one black man at a convenience store and firing a paintball gun at another.

Authorities with the Weston Police Department responded to a complaint on Thursday relating to a stopped car near a home where the couple “started yelling racial slurs,” a criminal complaint read.

The man in the car, identified as 36-year-old Troy Pertuset, “shot a paintball gun from the car” that hit a black man in the chest, police said.

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A short while later, officers received a second call relating to a confrontation at a GoMart where Troy “with a gun” was “threatening a black male subject” with 38-year-old Brandy Pertuset, according to the complaint.

The first victim said he was approached by the couple at the residence, and “he heard them say ‘Where are you [N-word]?'”

Troy then “pointed the paintball gun at him and shot him with it,” police said.

Witnesses report a similar situation occurred at the GoMart.

Troy told the second victim, “‘I got a f****** pistol and I’m going to f****** shoot you for talking to my wife,'” the complaint read.

He then said, “I’m going to f****** kill this [N-word],'” according to the complaint.

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Both Troy and Brandy Pertuset were arrested, charged with committing a hate crime, and are being held in Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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