LAND O’ LAKES – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrests of two teenagers involved in a Jan. 23 drive-by shooting in the Lake Padgett Estates area of Land O’ Lakes.
According to police reports, 18-year-old Charmille Vincent and another 17-year-old suspect. Vincent is identified as a Land O’ Lakes High School student and the 17-year-old resides in Hillsborough County. Vincent was taken into custody by Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies and the 17-year-old was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s affidavit describing the arrest of Vincent states that the drive-by shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m., Jan. 23. Investigators suspect Vincent was the shooter who fired approximately five rounds from a semiautomatic pistol toward five victims. The victims were reported to be standing in the front yard of a residence and told responding deputies that the shots were fired at them from the passenger seat of a moving black BMW.
Two of the victims were shot and all five reported having previous altercations with Vincent.
The 17-year-old Hillsborough resident is the suspected driver of the BMW, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports state.
Pasco Sheriff’s investigators located Vincent at approximately 3:15 p.m. at his Land O’ Lakes home the same day of the drive-by shooting. Reports state Vincent confessed to firing a handgun toward the victims during an interview with investigators. The affidavit continues to report that Vincent told investigators he shot approximately five rounds toward the victims from a moving vehicle and that he was aware he struck two of the victims. Vincent told investigators he shot the victims because of previous threats the victims made toward him, the report states.
Vincent was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted homicide and an additional count of firing a weapon from a vehicle.
The 17-year-old suspect was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with five counts of attempted homicide.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office media alert stated that “numerous tips received from those in the Land O’ Lakes area helped lead to the swift conclusion of this investigation.”
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office also announced there will be an increased law enforcement presence at Land O’ Lakes High.