Pokémon Go has led to muggings, car crashes, cliff rescues — and now a shooting.
A 19-year-old man and his 16-year-old friend were sitting in a car on Primrose Lane playing Pokémon Go around 1:30 a.m., when a man walked out of his house nearby and fired shots at the car, according to a news release from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Moments before the shooting, one asked, “did you catch him?” according to the Palm Coast Observer.
The other replied, “yeah, did you?”
That’s when they heard several shots fired, according to the sheriff’s office.
The car sped off. They arrived at the 19-year-old’s house and checked themselves for injuries. They tried to check for bullet holes on the car in the dark but didn’t see any damage. They thought someone might have just been trying to scare them and went inside.
It wasn’t until the next morning, when the teen’s mother found bullet holes in the rear tire, hubcap and fender, that they reported the shooting to the sheriff’s office.
The homeowner who shot at the teens has a different account of what happened early Saturday. When interviewed by deputies, the homeowner said he was woken up by a loud noise outside of his home and spotted a white car with its brake lights on in the street outside his house. That’s when he grabbed his handgun and went outside. He recalled hearing someone say something to the effect of “did you get anything?” Then he said he stepped in front of the car and said not to move.
The car, he said, accelerated toward him. He fled from the street and shot at the car several times as it sped off.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing. In the news release, the sheriff’s office warned homeowners to call 911 if they suspect someone breaking in and to avoid leaving the house to confront suspects. They also warned Pokémon Go users to avoid trespassing or driving while playing the game.