A Florida homeowner opened fire on two adolescents who were playing “Pokemon Go” outside his home after mistaking them for burglars.
The unidentified 37 -year-old told police he recognized the duo, aged 16 and 19, sitting inside a lily-white gondola that was parked near his Palm Coast home at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.
He’d been woken by a thunderous interference and went outside, forearmed with a handgun, to probe, according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office statement.
As he approached private vehicles, he told agents that he heard one of the teenagers add, “Did you get anything ?” which was actually in reference to the virtual reality monsters that participates catch in video games. But, reputing the two were up to no good, he stepped in front of the car and ordered them not to move.
When the operator accelerated the car toward him, he climbed out of the lane and “discharged his handgun several times at the vehicle, ” per the sheriff’s office proclamation.
The teens sped off and the homeowner called deputies, who arrived to interview him. A sought for the vehicle proved vain, until 10:30 a.m ., when the 19 -year-old’s mother called police after find the vehicle had bullet pits in the hubcap, fender and rear tire.
“Since they were not disabled and there was no( seeming) damage to the vehicle, they thought it was someone trying to scare them and this is why they did not contact law enforcement or tell their parents, ” the sheriff’s role affirmation added.
Deputies are still investigating the incident, and offered a series of security tip-off for people playing the augmented reality competition that has swept in various regions of the world in the last week. They included expending common sense and being alert at all times, and not trespassing or playing video games while driving, biking or skateboarding.