ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three people were charged Thursday after police received 10 calls from victims who said they had been shot, or shot at, by others armed with a pellet gun.
Detectives say the suspects claimed they were not targeting anyone in particular and that the shootings were random.
They said they thought it would be something "funny" to do, investigators said. One suspect told detectives he thought it would be funny to watch people "jump around."
Detectives believe one of the suspects, Anthony Chin, 19, was responsible for 90 percent of the shootings.
The calls started coming in around 9:30 a.m. from various locations around the city.
The shootings occurred at the following locations, but not in the order listed:
- 7th Avenue North and Lafayette Street - adult male shot in the back
- 920 15th Avenue South - adult female shot in the back
- 3200 1st Avenue South - 2 adult men shot in the legs
- 1200 Northshore Drive NE - adult female shot in the leg
- 5th Ave NE and Bayshore Dr (Vinoy Park) - adult male and family shot at, but not struck
- 447 23rd Avenue North - adult male shot in the back
- 4th Avenue North & 34 Street (near Mosley Motel) - adult male shot in the back
- 2nd Avenue NE and Bayshore Dr - two adult males, both struck in the hands
- 555 31 Street South - adult female shot in the back
- 900 4th Street North - two adult males shot at, but not struck
Police spokesman Mike Puetz said he was not aware of any serious injuries.
The suspect vehicle, a silver Ford Expedition, was located around 10:45 a.m. in the area of 9th Avenue North and 12th Street.
Anthony Chin is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal mischief.
Christian Eduardo Medrano-Ramirez, 18, is charged with aggravate battery and criminal mischief.
Richard Brody Johnson, 19, is charged with one count of aggravated assault.