NEW PORT RICHEY – A man was fishing Saturday afternoon from the bridge on Manor Beach Road when he felt something hit his hat. He figured it must have been a bug, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Then he was hit again in the back, and he knew he'd been shot.
Moments earlier Zachary Waltee, 18, had walked by the man on the bridge, the report states. A witness told deputies he then saw Waltee crouch into bushes near the bridge, pull out a Crosman pellet rifle and fire in the direction of the bridge.
The victim left the bridge with a welt on his back and learned from the witness what had happened. In the bushes, they found the pellet gun, a container of BBs and a red bike Waltee was seen pushing.
Deputies found Waltee a block away. In his pockets were two packets of synthetic marijuana, a pocket knife and a counterfeit $20 bill. They arrested Waltee on a charge of aggravated battery, and he remained Monday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail because of an additional warrant charge.