JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WDHN) — Five teenagers had a run-in with the law Tuesday evening after being involved with a drive-by shooting, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 5:53 p.m., the sheriff’s office responded to a shots-fired call at the intersection of Napier Trail and West Highway 90.
Deputies learned on the way there that a vehicle had followed the victim from Wynn Street in Marianna to his home on Napier Trail. After getting the vehicle’s description, deputies stopped the vehicle on Highway 90 as it was headed east.
Five minors were detained, the youngest being 14 and another being 17.
“When investigating officers interviewed the victim, he was not able to say with certainty that the suspect fired at him, but could confirm that shots were fired from the vehicle which was parked on the roadway at the time,” a release from the sheriff’s office states.
According to the sheriff’s office, one of the girls in the vehicle was supposed to meet the victim at Wynn Street, but when he got there, he thought he was about to be attacked since she brought four people with her. He then left for home, but the teens followed him home, leading to the confrontation.
Some of the teens inside the vehicle said one of them fired the gun in question and threw it when he saw a deputy turn around on them. Two workers from a towing company spotted the suspect throwing the weapon and took deputies to the weapon’s location.
After 30 minutes, the gun was found. Four of the minors were taken back to their parents, but the 17-year-old male was charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle within 1000 feet of a person.
He is now in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice in Bay County.