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Boy accused of firing gun in dispute over bicycle

ST. PETERSBURG - A fight between two seventh-grade boys over a bicycle turned violent Monday night when one of them got a gun and shot at the other, police said.

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 17, 2000


ST. PETERSBURG -- A fight between two seventh-grade boys over a bicycle turned violent Monday night when one of them got a gun and shot at the other, police said.

A 12-year-old who lives in the 1100 block of 16th Ave. S was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, said Dan Bates, St. Petersburg police spokesman. The boy was charged as a juvenile, and his name is being withheld because of his age.

He is accused of firing a handgun at a 15-year-old, who lives in the 1500 block of 12th Street S. Both boys are students at Richard L. Sanders Exceptional Education Center in Pinellas Park.

No one was injured. Bates gave this account of the altercation:

The boys were arguing about a bicycle, taking it from one another and throwing bricks at each other. The 15-year-old ultimately took the bike, which angered the 12-year-old. The younger boy left and returned with at least one friend.

The argument continued in front of the older boy's house. The 12-year-old was given a handgun by his friend. The 15-year-old saw the gun and sprinted for his house, diving inside the door. He heard at least one shot.

The 12-year-old and his friend ran from the scene. The 12-year-old was later arrested by police. The 12-year-old's friend, who supplied the gun, was described as an older male. He was not apprehended, and the gun was not recovered.

Bates said the 12-year-old had no prior record as an adult.

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