Thursday 27 October 2016

Two teenagers shot at while playing Pokemon Go after being mistaken for burglars

Alan Thompson

Published 19/07/2016 | 07:41

The Pokemon Go app launch screen
The Pokemon Go app launch screen

Two teenagers playing Pokemon Go in the middle of the night have been shot at after being mistaken for burglars.

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A 19-year-old man and his 16-year-old friend were playing the game in a car in Florida at around 1.30am when an armed man walked out of his house and opened fire on the vehicle.

Immediately before the shooting, one of the players asked the other: "Did you catch him?"

According to Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the other replied: "Yeah, did you?"

As soon as they heard gunshots, the teenagers drove off.

It was only in the morning that one of their mothers discovered bullet holes in the rear tyre, hubcap and fender. She immediately reported the shooting to the sheriff's office.

According to a statement from Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the homeowner "was awakened by a loud noise coming from outside of his home. He got up from bed and looked outside and noticed a small white car with its brake lights on in the roadway in front of his home."

The resident thought he heard someone say "did you get anything?"

The report claims he "stepped in front of the vehicle and ordered it not to move. The homeowner stated the vehicle accelerated toward him causing him to flee the roadway.

"Because he believed the vehicle was attempting to strike him, he discharged his handgun several times at the vehicle."

After speaking to the teenagers the following morning, it became clear that they were merely playing Pokemon Go.

Flagler County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the "investigation is continuing".

The incident follows a number of Pokemon Go-related injuries. One "hunter" crashed his car into a tree, while two others fell off a cliff in the hunt for creatures.


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