LARGO — Two 17-year-olds are in custody after deputies said they fired gunshots at a crowd of teenagers earlier this week and wounded a 14-year-old girl.
The girl was struck twice in her left arm in Tuesday night’s shooting, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for medical treatment of non-life threatening injuries and released later that night.
Deputies identified the two 17-year-olds and arrested them Wednesday night. The Tampa Bay Times is withholding their names because of their age.
The shooting took place at about 9:20 p.m, deputies said, when the two 17-year-olds drove together to a home along the 11300 block of 122nd Terrace N in unincorporated Pinellas “to fight with a female at the location.” A group of teens in another vehicle followed them.
The 17-year-old driver parked on the street outside and stayed in the car. The armed 17-year-old got out and walked towards a group of teens standing outside.
He pulled out a firearm, deputies say, and most of the teens ran into a nearby house. The 17-year-old started firing at the group and the house. Then the two 17-year-olds drove off together.
The 14-year-old girl was wounded in the left hand and arm, deputies said. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Deputies discovered that at least one round struck the exterior of the home with a “small child” inside at the time of the shooting.
The 17-year-old accused shooter, who is from Clearwater, was arrested as an adult on charges of second-degree murder and throwing a deadly missile into a building. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail.
The 17-year-old driver, who is from Largo, was arrested on juvenile charges of being an accessory to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and being an accessory to throwing a deadly missile into a building. He was booked into the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center