SEMINOLE – Two teens were arrested early Wednesday morning for discharging a firearm out of a vehicle.
About 3 a.m. April 2, Pinellas County Sheriff’s patrol deputies responded to a call about someone shooting a firearm from within a vehicle. According to deputies, a witness said the subject had fired multiple rounds out of a vehicle in the area of 62nd Avenue North and 28th Street in St. Petersburg. Deputies said the caller followed the vehicle at a safe distance, until deputies located the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on Park Boulevard.
When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled. Deputies initiated a brief pursuit, which ended when the suspect drove off the roadway into a ditch at the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and Ninth Street North.
Deputies apprehended the passenger, David Escobar, 16, of St. Petersburg, who remained at the scene. The driver, Zachary J. Baxter, 16, of Seminole exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit located him in a nearby apartment complex.
The subjects were interviewed and through their investigation, deputies were able to determine that Escobar had fired the shots out of the vehicle. Escobar was arrested for discharging a firearm from within a vehicle. Baxter was arrested for principal to discharging a weapon and for fleeing and eluding.
According to deputies, the gun was listed as stolen during a Seminole residential burglary. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Burglary and Pawn Unit are investigating.