An 18-year-old from Land O’ Lakes was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted homicide for the Saturday drive-by shooting that left two minors injured, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Charmille Vincent confessed to a deputy that he had fired five rounds at the group of five victims, who were standing in front of a home in the Lake Padgett Estates area, according to the arrest affidavit. Vincent told deputies he fired at the group because of threats he said they had made earlier.
Vincent is a student at Land O’ Lakes High School, according to the arrest affidavit. Vincent was also charged with one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle.
The driver of the car, a 17-year-old, was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted homicide in Hillsborough County, where he lives. The Times is not naming him because he is a juvenile. Stephen Hegarty, a spokesman for Pasco County Schools, said the juvenile did not appear to be a Pasco County Schools student.
The high school’s principal has plans for discipline but nothing has happened yet because it is a weekend, Hegarty said.
“This is about as serious as you could get, so I would not anticipate that he would be returning to the school,” Hegarty said.
Additional deputies have been dispatched around Land O’ Lakes High School as a precaution, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hegarty said though the shooting happened away from school, because it involved students they worked with the sheriff’s office to step up security. The principal of the school contacted parents on Saturday to share information about the shooting and that it involved students, he said.
The two injured minors did not require hospitalization, according to the sheriff’s office.