DAYTONA BEACH, FL - July 22, 2020 - According to an online news report posted on News-JournalOnline.com, a felon from Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested in the drive-by shotgun shooting attack that occurred in May. The victim, a 16-year-old girl, sustained injuries in the shooting, according to Daytona Beach Police. The 20-year-old felon was arrested March 17 for three counts of child neglect and was released on a $25,500 bail bond when the suspect allegedly committed the shooting. The suspect is now currently being held in jail and was denied bail.
Daytona Beach Police announced that on May 15, 2020, the suspect and his brother were the prime suspects in the drive-by shooting. According to the news report, the two brothers drove by a home on Hudson Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. The brothers were in separate motor vehicles, and the two allegedly shot at a group of teenagers from the motor vehicles they were in during the attack. The news report states that five teenagers were standing close to the front porch of the house at the time of the attack.
According to the Daytona Beach Police, the 16-year-old girl sustained shotgun pellet injuries to the inside and outside of her right thigh and to her right bicep. The teen girl was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center, and she received treatment for her personal injuries, according to the Daytona Beach Police.
Daytona Beach Police stated that the shooting was the outcome of two separate quarrels that occurred on May 15, 2020. In one of the previous altercations, one of the suspects said to the 16-year-old, her mother, and her three sisters that he would come and "come air that (*****) out," Daytona Beach Police recorded in their criminal report. In the two disputes, the groups left when police arrived at the scene and said the people stated that they didn't want problems with law enforcement.
Later that the night, the suspect with a group of individuals drove by the house on Hudson Street, and they fired guns at the 16-year-old, her three sisters, and the girls' mother, according to Daytona Beach Police. The suspect was out on bail as a result of other criminal offenses he was charged with on March 17, 2020. In that arrest, Daytona Beach Police stated that the suspect tried to escape from law enforcement by running red lights, driving 80 MPH or more in a 35 MPH area, and not stopping at stop signs. Law enforcement was apprehended after law enforcement successfully flattened the suspect's tires. According to the police report, the suspect was found in possession of illegal drugs, and he had his three small kids in his car. The suspect was then charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of a weapon by an in-state felon, no valid driver's license, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, and three counts of child neglect.
The suspect's bail for the March 17 charges was withdrawn due to the shooting attack in May. The suspect has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. More charges might be brought at a later date.