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Rosewood teen accused of shooting friend

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By The Staff

Waylan John Campbell, 18, of Rosewood, was arrested Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, culpable negligence and making a false report to law enforcement, said a spokesperson for the Levy County Sheriff Office.

According to investigators, on Sunday, Jan. 17 around 11:00 a.m., Gary McIntyre, 16, was at Campbell's residence on SW 132 Avenue in Rosewood, when Campbell showed McIntyre his 30-30 rifle and Campbell shot at a bucket behind the residence. After target practicing, the two went inside the residence and ate lunch, according to investigators. 

Investigators said that Campbell walked in the bedroom and showed the victim a .22 revolver. Campbell stated the day before he thought he checked the cylinders and believed the gun was unloaded, according to the Sheriff’s press release. Campbell spun the cylinders and cocked the hammer back and dry fired the weapon two times, according to the release. Unknown to Campbell, there were three live rounds in the pistol and he pointed the gun at the victim's face and pulled the trigger discharging one round that struck the victim in the face, the release stated.

The victim was air lifted to an undisclosed hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

After the victim was shot, Campbell said that he knew he would go to prison for shooting him, according to investigators. Campbell waited for approximately 5 minutes before calling 9-1-1 and fabricating a story to the 9-1-1 operator, the report states.  Campbell said that the two were in Shiloh Cemetery and he was looking at his sound system and heard a shot and saw the victim bleeding from his mouth.  The concocted story led numerous Deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission Officers to the cemetery and began searching for an active shooter, according the press release.  Through the investigation Campbell confessed that he falsified the story. 

Campbell is a convicted felon for grand theft and he is currently on felony probation.