DADE CITY — George Chamberlain III wanted the child.
The man at the door said no, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Chamberlain, 25, and a friend went to the house at 37242 Gaskin Ave. just after midnight Monday. Both had shotguns. They wanted a 1-year-old baby, who was asleep inside the house, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. Doll would not release whether Chamberlain or the other suspect are related to the child.
The baby's mother left the home to get some beer and told those inside not to give the child to anyone, Doll said.
Chamberlain and his friend argued outside the house with three people — then pointed their guns at their heads, lowered them and fired into the ground, a report states.
Chamberlain is accused of whacking a 52-year-old man in the shoulder with the gun before leaving — without the child. Other than a minor injury to the man's arm, no one was hurt.
Chamberlain was arrested early Friday on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
The other suspect is at large.
Chamberlain, of 37801 Arts Road in Zephyrhills, told authorities he acted in self-defense and he didn't have a gun, but brought a bat with him, the report states.
He was in the Pasco County jail Friday in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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