LARGO — A St. Pete Beach man is accused of shooting a 17-year-old boy in the leg during a party at a Largo hotel early Monday morning, then ditching his weapon, according to authorities.
Michael Joseph Siniscalchi, 20, of 4212 Poinsettia Drive, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with physical evidence.
According to Largo police, Siniscalchi and the boy were at a party at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel at 6500 Ulmerton Road when they got into an argument around 4 a.m.
During the altercation, Siniscalchi brandished a .45-caliber Ruger handgun and shot the boy in the leg, police said. The boy, whose name was not released, was treated and released from a local hospital, said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.
Siniscalchi hid the gun in a wooded area on the bank of a lake to the south of the hotel, police said. Police recovered it after Siniscalchi told them where it was, Loux said.
On Tuesday, Siniscalchi was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Pinellas County court records show Siniscalchi was charged with vehicle burglary in 2008, but the charge was reduced to petit theft. He pleaded no contest and received a year probation, which he completed early. In 2009, he was convicted of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and given six months of probation.