St. Petersburg, Florida --Three people have been arrested and chargedafter police say they shot multiple people with a pellet gun in St. Petersburg.
Officials say the men thought it would be "funny" watching people jump around.
Arrested and charged are James Anthony Chin, Christian Eduardo Menrano-Ramirez and Richard Brody Thompson. A fourth person was also questioned, but released.
Calls came in to the St. Petersburg Police Department around 9:30 a.m. Thursday regarding people being shot at by suspectsdriving in an SUV. All told,nearly 20different shooting incidents were reported.
One man, Eric Menges, was shot in the hand near 2nd Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard. Speaking with 10 News, Menges described the pain as being similar to a bee sting, and causing his hand to swell up.
"Well it's very stupid. There's no motive for it," Menges said. "I don't have any enemies in St. Pete... it is upsetting."
"Those guys who did it, they need to be punished... to the max so that they will learn a lesson," said downtown hot dog vendor Daniel McBride.He was about 100 feet from Menges when he was shot.
At least12 people reported being struck by pellets.
People reported being hit in their legs, hands and back, but police say none of the injuries were serious.
During questioning, the men claimed they were not targeting anyone in particular, just shooting at random.
The suspects were arrested around noon at 9th Avenue North and 12th Street. Officials say they recovered the pellet gun used in the shootings.
Chin faces the most charges, with eight counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal mischief.
You may also like...
Underwater Secret:Hidden caves beneath Weeki Wachee
Rollercoaster Rescue:16 stranded after ride malfunction
Car Crash tragedy:USF students killed in interstate wrong-way crash
Hungry Sinkhole:Hole opens beneath Corvette museum, swallows 8 cars
Be my McValentine:Romantic reservations at McDonald's
Card Game Murder:Man sentenced for Magic: The Gathering killing
Sasquatch on Tour:"Dead Bigfoot" on display in Texas
Here kitty, kitty:Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary
#ShortYellows:Florida quietly shortened yellow lights
Kittens shot:Officer shoots kittens in front of children
Popular photo galleries:
Faces of Meth:Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers
Trayvon Martin Shooting:Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos
Hooters Winners:Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant
Rejected:Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***
Deadly sinkhole:Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole
Florida Sex Offenders:Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here
Restaurant Inspections:Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here