PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 15-year-old boy for shooting three of his school friends Thursday after they refused to smoke synthetic marijuana with him. The Port Charlotte boy was charged with three felony counts of Aggravated Battery Using a Deadly Weapon, and Petit Theft.
CCSO received a call at 7:26 p.m. for a disturbance at Duxbury and Dalton avenues in Port Charlotte. Two boys told deputies they had been shot by the teen with a pellet gun causing open wounds and bleeding. The 14-year-old was shot in the back; the 15-year-old boy was shot in the calf, thumb and bicep. Another 15-year-old boy had been shot in the face about an inch and a half below his right eye, on the back of each arm, and twice in the back.
All three boys said they had been hanging out at a home on Duxbury Avenue with Bentley who lit up a joint containingsynthetic marijuanaand started passing it around. All three boys told the suspect they would not smoke it. The teen got annoyed when one of the boys smacked the joint out of his hand. The suspect left, came back and pulled a pellet gun hidden in his shirt and started shooting.
Deputies responded to the home in the 300 block of Duxbury Avenue and the homeowner said Bentley was hiding in a bedroom. She said she went in earlier and retrieved the pellet gun and the suspect; he then locked the door. She gave deputies permission to force the door open. The teen was arrested and a search found he had two cell phones, one that belonged to the 14-year-old boy who dropped it after he was shot.
The suspect was booked into the Charlotte County Jail then transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice center in Ft. Myers.