Man appears in court, accused of pointing gun at kids throwing snowballs

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A man gave new meaning to the term "snowball fight" now that he's accused of pointed a loaded gun at kids throwing snowballs at his van. He appeared in court Wednesday.


The incident happened in the 1100 block of 35th Street in Boulder.

Richard Nam, 55, told police he was sleeping in his van when the kids, all under 13-years-old, began throwing snow at his van.

When police tracked Nam down, he told police  he was "scared" and leaned out of his window to wave his gun at the kids.

One of the boys said Nam pulled the trigger but the gun failed to go off.

Nam showed his .38 revolver to police which had bullets in four out of five chambers.

Nam said that he always keeps the first chamber empty.

Nam told officers that the gun's muzzle was always pointed up but witnesses to the incident confirmed the boys' account of the incident.