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Leesburg teen arrested in drive-by shooting at Save-A-Lot

A Leesburg teen was arrested Christmas Eve after allegedly shooting a man in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

Leesburg police officers rushed to the store at 1415 South 14th Street where they found the shooting victim. He told the officers that he had just walked out of the nearby Dollar General store when he was hit with pellets, according to an arrest report.

When he turned to look at where the pellets came from, he saw the rear window of a black SUV going up and he could see the barrel of the gun being pulled inside. Due to the window tint, he could not see the shooter.

The victim described the driver as a black female wearing a red hat. He saw the woman drive out of the parking lot and return shortly before police arrived on the scene. He pointed the woman out to the police as she exited the store and approached the black SUV.

The officers questioned the SUV driver who denied hearing or seeing any shooting from her vehicle. She said that she was playing loud music on the SUV’s stereo system. She said her little brother, who is 16, and his friend were in the back seat and that her brother’s friend had an Airsoft gun in the back seat. She had dropped off the two teens at a residence behind the Save-A-lot before returning to the store.

When Leesburg officers found the boys behind the store, the SUV driver’s brother admitted firing the weapon. He was taken into custody and transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice where he will face a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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