Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Pinellas teens, 18, face charges in beach drive-by shootings

Pinellas County deputies say they have arrested two men responsible for three drive-by shootings on St. Petersburg Beach and Treasure Island, wounding one person.

According to deputies, Bailey Jenkins, of Tarpon Springs, and Thomas Loudin, of St. Petersburg — both 18 — were drinking alcohol while using a high powered pellet gun to shoot at random objects as they drove along Gulf Boulevard late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The shootings wounded one man, shattered the window of a Uber driver’s car and struck a car with two people inside.

About 11:50 p.m., the Uber driver reported someone had thrown an object in Treasure Island when, in fact, Treasure Island police determined a bullet had caused the damage.

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Less than half an hour later, 51-year-old Kurt Lang was walking with his cousin near the Beachcomber Resort at 6200 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach when he heard what he thought were firecrackers. Then, he realized he had been shot in the chest, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Lang, of Dallas, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries that investigators said came from a low-caliber round.

Detectives later received a third shooting report. Christopher Dalbo was parked at 6850 Beach Plaza with his girlfriend, Heather Shamblin, when they heard what sounded like a firecracker pop just after midnight. It hit their car’s rear window, the Sheriff’s Office said. A white sedan was seen traveling south away from them.

Loudin and Jenkins face charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle.

Both are being held at the Pinellas County Jail, with Loudin’s bail set at $20,000 bail and Bailey’s at $10,000, jail records show.

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