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Arrest made in Carrollwood drive-by paintball shooting

The Pasco County driver is accused of firing a paintball gun into another vehicle, causing minor injuries.
Orlando Proenza Jr., 18, faces felony charges of throwing a deadly missile and battery, deputies said. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Oct. 18
Updated Oct. 18

TAMPA ― The 18-year-old Pasco County man wanted for firing a paintball gun into a vehicle earlier week was arrested late Thursday.

Orlando Proenza Jr. turned himself in to the Orient Road Jail at about 8 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked on felony charges of throwing a deadly missile and battery.

RELATED: Pasco man fired paintball gun into car in Carrollwood, deputies say

The incident took place in the Carrollwood area on Tuesday at about 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Casey Road and Lowell Road.

The driver whose car was targeted told deputies that he was stopped at a red light when he saw a white 2019 Toyota Corolla with dark tinted windows driving erratically. It stopped alongside his vehicle, and he asked the Corolla driver if he was okay.

The Corolla driver, Proenza, did not respond.

Then when the light changed and Proenza drove off, the driver said he heard the sound of a paintball gun being fired. Paintballs struck the driver and his vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, whose name was not released by the agency, suffered minor injuries. Deputies later identified Proenza and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Proenza, who lives in Hudson, was being held Friday in the county jail in lieu of $8,000 bail.

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