Florida police have announced the capture of two teenagers who were harassing Ocala residents with paint ball guns loaded with frozen ammunition. Justin Ackley, 17, and Dylan Pilcher, 18 were arrested.
Earlier in the day, the Ocala Police Department has released dashcam video that purported to show an unidentified suspect shooting frozen paint balls at civilians from a car. The vehicle, a silver Audi 2000, has been spotted on the scene of multiple attacks. The most recent was on Wednesday, when authorities reported it rolled up and fired at multiple pedestrians.
According to the police, victims “heard a popping noise, and then were struck by the paint balls. The first victim was struck in the back of the head, and the water bottle she was carrying was struck as well. Responding deputies located a growing lump on the back of the first victim’s head were she was struck by the paintball. The second victim was struck in the back of the leg on her right calf. The second victim had a fresh welt that broke the skin where she had been struck by the paint ball.”
Deputies identified Pilcher from his vehicle registration and brought him in. He immediately confessed to driving and said that Ackley was the gunman.
Ackley was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and one count of Shooting a Missile into a Dwelling, Vehicle, Building or Aircraft. Pilcher was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and one count of Shooting a Missile into a Dwelling, Vehicle, Building or Aircraft.
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