Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Deputies say Pasco man fired BB gun at neighborhood kids

PORT RICHEY — A group of about seven kids ran around their Holiday Hill neighborhood on Saturday. They liked to dart in and out of back yards along Camelot Road and chase after each other.

Twenty-one-year-old Joshua O'Dell lives a street over, on Lancelot Road. He didn't like the noise that day, neighbor Jaime Caudle said. She said O'Dell yelled and threatened the kids, then went into his house and grabbed a BB gun. He came out and shot into the air, Caudle said, and the kids ran.

Her daughter Kaylee Caudle, a kindergartener, was in the group.

The kids fled and O'Dell pointed his gun at them while they ran off. He fired three rounds, neighbors said.

Kaylee Caudle was the only one who got hit. The kids ran to the Caudles' house screaming, "The baby's been shot," over and over.

Jaime Caudle said her daughter was crying uncontrollably, so she took her inside and comforted her. She said Kaylee didn't want to leave her room after the shooting.

Caudle lifted her daughter's shirt Monday and showed the damage: two red lines along the side of Kaylee's belly.

"It was a chaotic scene, and Kaylee was hysterical," neighbor Tiffany Bourenina said.

Bourenina lives next door to the Caudles and said the kids might run around, but they're respectful and would've quieted down if asked.

"All (O'Dell) had to say was 'Hey, can you not play in my property?' "

Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested O'Dell on Saturday on a charge of aggravated battery. The people at O'Dell's house declined to comment on Monday.

Jaime Caudle said that after the shooting, the grandfather of another kid went and talked to O'Dell, and O'Dell threatened him with a hammer and told him to "get off my property."

The sheriff's report said O'Dell denied firing the gun at anyone and told deputies he only showed the kids the gun and told them to leave. O'Dell posted $10,000 bail and was released from jail hours after his arrest.

Kaylee said she is still scared, but she smiled and seemed cheerful on Monday afternoon near her family in front of her house. Jaime Caudle didn't share her daughter's enthusiasm, and said she's afraid something else will happen.

"Now I'm waiting for retribution," she said. "I went up to him when he was in the police car and I said, 'You're the one who shot my baby,' and he just laughed at me."

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Comments
Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

LARGO — Vanessa Rodriguez thought she found the right house for her three kids, in the right neighborhood, for the right rent. She signed the lease for April 30, sent a $2,300 money order and planned to move in June 1.Then the delays started. She sai...
Updated: 1 hour ago
15 arrested in Hillsborough construction fraud sting, one for the eighth time

15 arrested in Hillsborough construction fraud sting, one for the eighth time

TAMPA — The contractors arriving at the Brandon home thought they were meeting with a potential customer. They were wrong.In fact, the would-be clients were undercover detectives and the contractors, lacking a license to ply their trade, left the hom...
Published: 06/20/18
St. Pete police investigating social media threat against Pride event

St. Pete police investigating social media threat against Pride event

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a threat against St. Pete Pride weekend based on a social media comment left on a Tampa Bay Times story.A Facebook commenter used an alias to post the threat on a story about a pop-up gay club planned for the...
Published: 06/20/18
Driver in fatal Tampa hit-and-run turns himself in

Driver in fatal Tampa hit-and-run turns himself in

TAMPA — The driver who was sought in a fatal hit-and-run on Sunday night has turned himself in.Police say Roger Herelle, 33, told detectives Wednesday he was involved in the crash that killed Sally Ann McClellan Webb, 58.Police had had been seeking t...
Published: 06/20/18
Five guns taken in 30 reported break-ins of unlocked cars in Clearwater

Five guns taken in 30 reported break-ins of unlocked cars in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Thieves have made off with at least five guns after breaking into unlocked vehicles in recent days, police said Wednesday morning.Over the past three days, a group of people have been breaking into unlocked vehicles across the city. Clea...
Published: 06/20/18
Police investigating body found floating near Davis Islands

Police investigating body found floating near Davis Islands

TAMPA — Police are working to recover a body that was found floating in the water near the Davis Island Sea Basin on Wednesday morning.It is uncertain how the body ended up there, according to police.This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com...
Published: 06/20/18
Pasco Sheriff: Hudson man faces sexual battery charges

Pasco Sheriff: Hudson man faces sexual battery charges

HUDSON — A 33-year-old man is facing charges of sexual battery and rape after Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said he assaulted a 14-year-old girl.Christopher Hall, who was 31 at the time of the incident, forced the victim into a bathroom, took off h...
Published: 06/20/18
SB traffic on I-275 slowed in St. Petersburg after car jumps median

SB traffic on I-275 slowed in St. Petersburg after car jumps median

ST. PETERSBURG — A car that is straddling the center concrete barrier is causing a visual slowdown Wednesday morning on Interstate 275.The incident occurred sometime around 7:30 a.m.The passenger side of the car can be seen hanging along the median o...
Published: 06/20/18
New Port Richey man faces sexual battery charge

New Port Richey man faces sexual battery charge

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday on a charge of sexual battery, accused of assaulting a 10-year-old girl.Jonathan Wells was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he was being held Tuesday without bail.The assault took place ...
Published: 06/19/18
St. Petersburg power outage affects thousands

St. Petersburg power outage affects thousands

More than 2,000 Duke Energy customers are without power after a cluster of storms rolled through earlier this afternoon, according to Duke Energy.The area without power stretches along 62nd Avenue N from 12th Street N to 30th Way N, according to the ...
Published: 06/19/18