Amish Teens Shot Called ‘Nightmare Come True’

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WINDSOR TWP., Ohio -- A father and son remained in the Ashtabula County Jail Tuesday on a $250,000 bond after being charged with shooting two Amish teenagers.

Kenneth and Michael Jameson were arraigned Monday in Western County Court, both facing four counts of felonious assault. They plead not guilty.

According to the Ashtabula County sheriff, the shooting took place around 11 p.m. Saturday at a residence on Huntley Road.

A 17-year-old female from Ashtabula County and 18-year-old Daniel Burkholder of Geauga were shot.

They were both riding in an Amish transport van. A driver and eight others were in the van but were not injured.

The van driver, Jade Fulop, said she is still in shock.

Fulop said the van was loaded with several Amish teens.

“It was a nightmare come true,” Fulop said Tuesday. “It’s been horrible, the after effects, horrible. It was horrible then; it hasn’t changed.”

Fulop said she drove the teens, like she has done several dozen times before, to a home off of Huntley Road.

She said the teenagers stored stereo equipment in a barn located on the property.

Sheriff officials said the property owners fired shots at the van, which they thought was trespassing on their property.

“First couple shots were far away, and the Amish yelled out they were there to get the player, and after that it was open fire,” Fulop said.

She added the two were chasing the van.

“They shot up the back end of the van. My van is covered in blood,” Fulop said.

The Jamesons told officers they believed the van was trespassing and began firing multiple rounds from a handgun and shotgun, striking the van and seriously wounding the two teens.

The two victims are in the ICU unit at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Sheriff Johnson said he is concerned about the increase of gun-related calls due to homeowners alleging protection of their property.

He said homeowners need to understand laws pertaining to the use of deadly force.

“In Ohio, deadly force can be used only to prevent serious bodily harm or death,” Johnson said. “Deadly force can never be used to protect property only.  If law enforcement and prosecutors determine that a person’s use of deadly force is not justified, criminal charges may be pursued and the outcome could be life altering,” he explained.

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