Teenage Pokémon GO players shot at by Palm Coast homeowner in early morning

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Since its worldwide launch earlier this month, Pokémon GO has dominated the headlines, but not for all the right reasons. With incredible popularity also comes incredible stupidity, and the game, which encourages players to explore the real world in search for Pokémon, has caused all sorts of problems for cities.

Whether it’s people walking into traffic unaware (or cliffs in some cases), Pokémon hunting while driving, or stumbling upon dead bodies, Pokémon GO has no shortage of people doing dumb things.

The latest comes out of Palm Coast, with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office posting a notice that two Pokémon GO hunters were shot at in the early hours of the morning.

According to the report, two teenagers — aged 19 and 16 — were parked out in front of a home at 41 Primrose Lane in Palm Coast at around 1:30 am. The homeowner, who was awoken by a loud noise coming from the vehicle, armed himself with a handgun and went outside to investigate.

As he approached the vehicle, he heard someone say “something like ‘did you get anything.'” He then stepped in front the vehicle and ordered it not to move; however, the homeowner says the vehicle accelerated toward him. Believing the vehicle was attempting to strike him, he jumped out of the way, but not before his discharged his handgun several times.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the shooting. The vehicle sped away and it wasn’t until 10:30 on Saturday, July 16, that the mother of the 19-year-old called police after she noticed the car had a flat tire and bullet holes in the rear tire, hubcap, and fender.

No charges appear to have been filed, but the investigation is still ongoing.

You can read the full report by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office here.

Thankfully, no one was hurt, but this is a reminder that the world we live in is a dangerous place. People are on edge these days, so be incredibly careful with where you choose to hunt for Pokémon.

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