St. Petersburg police filed charges Monday against one of two 15 year olds allegedly injured Saturday night in a shootout in the middle of a birthday block party.
Latellis Everett of St. Petersburg is charged with discharging a firearm from inside a vehicle. Police spokesman Michael Puetz said a bullet grazed Everett's leg. His still-unidentified 15-year old companion remained in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.
Puetz said a weapon was found on that teen at the hospital. Two other males in the car have not been located.
Investigators have not released the names of a 12-year- old boy and a 13-year-old girl who were injured in an exchange of gunfire between the car and people attending the block party. The children were struck with "snake shot," which are pellets packed inside bullets designed to kill snakes.
Puetz said the boy was struck in the left eye and the girl was hit in the face.
The firefight erupted Saturday night at 10:30 when the occupants in the front seat of the car fired a couple of shots in the air.
"At least initially it doesn't look like the individuals in the car were shooting at anybody," Puetz said, "It was more of a celebratory gunfire issue."
However, the first shots provoked a response.
"We do believe there were at least multiple shooters there," Puetz said, "We also believe these are the folks that are responsible for what appears to be an accidental wounding of the 12 and 13 year olds."
Sunday, police recovered a stolen Chevrolet Cruze believed to be involved. Puetz said investigators found blood inside the vehicle as well as bullet damage from several different calibers, including snake shot.
There are bullet holes on both sides of the vehicle. Puetz said about 150 people, including children, were at the block party, but so far, little information about the shooters outside the vehicle has been shared with detectives.
The party was a celebration of birthdays shared by Shawnda Carter and her 15-year-old niece.
"Honestly to tell you the truth, my niece and I will never forget this party," Carter said Monday afternoon. "It's the worst party ever. Ever."
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