Teens who allegedly shot pedestrians at random with BB gun along 30A face felony charges
SANTA ROSA BEACH — Two teens, ages 17 and 16, now face felony charges after they allegedly shot and injured multiple victims with a BB gun while driving along Walton County Road 30A.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports July 12 of a black truck driving along CR 30A with a passenger shooting pedestrians at random with a BB gun, according to a WCSO news release.
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A 17-year-old victim suffered an arm injury near Quincy Circle at Seaside. The victim’s name has not been released. A second victim, 15-year-old Michael Bell, suffered a significant injury to his left eye while riding a bike along CR 30A.
Bell was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and later transferred to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville to undergo surgery.
A GoFundMe account was created to help support Bell’s medical needs. As of Monday, the account had exceeded its goal with $50,685 raised. A July 31 update on the website said despite multiple surgeries Bell might never see out of his left eye again.
The WCSO was able to develop a person of interest through witness interviews after responding to Quincy Circle, according to the release.
A 16-year-old Walton County resident was arrested and charged with battery and improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon the following morning. Both charges are misdemeanors.
After a lengthy investigation, the WCSO Criminal Investigation Bureau also was able to tie the 16-year-old suspect to Bell’s injuries, according to the release. The 16-year-old now faces felony charges for aggravated battery and firing a missile into an occupied vehicle.
A 17-year-old was identified as the driver of the vehicle and also is facing felony charges of aggravated battery and principle to firing a missile into an occupied vehicle.