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Three arrested in drive-by pellet gun shootings

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Three people were arrested Thursday after police said they drove through the streets of St. Petersburg shooting at people with pellet guns, injuring 12 of their targets.

Police said they received nearly 20 calls in a one hour period around 9:30 a.m.; complaints came in that the suspects were driving around in a silver SUV, shooting pellets from the vehicle.

James Anthony Chin, 19; Richard Brody Thompson, 19; and Christian Eduardo Medrano-Ramirez, 18, are all facing charges. St. Petersburg Police Spokesperson Mike Puetz said the suspects said they went on the drive-by shooting spree because they thought it was "funny."

"[They] thought it would be fun to do this, they weren't targeting any particular individuals, they just targeted people at random," Puetz said.

Investigators said the suspects aimed their gun at anyone out in the open: walkers, joggers, bicyclists, people outside a Starbucks coffee shop. Puetz said at least seven of the targets were not hit.

Authorities said Chin did most of the shooting and used Thompson's weapon. Police said one suspect stole a CO2 cartridge from a St. Petersburg Walmart before going on their shooting spree.

One victim said he was with his 11-year-old son at a bus stop when they were both hit.

"It didn't sound like a real shot. It just sounded like, 'pop pop,' " David Lutes said. "I wasn't really about me, I was worried about [my son]. He's an 11-year-old boy that got shot in the foot. He didn't get hurt or nothing like that. I just wanted to make sure he was okay."

The shootings took place throughout the city; some blocks apart, others miles away.

Police took a fourth person into custody, but let him go after investigators determined he was just a witness.

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