A pair of Davidson Middle School students arrested on a variety of offenses, but no formal charges in the shooting of 13-year-old Crestview boy have been made by authorities.

CRESTVIEW — Although no one has been formally charged in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy at a bus stop, a potential suspect in the case is in custody on other charges.

The teen, 15-year-old Jeremy Couch, presently faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor, unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon and violation of probation.

The unlicensed carry count is a second-degree felony, according to Bill Bishop, the chief assistant state attorney for Okaloosa County.

Couch also has been identified as the passenger in a car driven by a 13-year-old Crestview girl who told investigators she drove around all night in a stolen vehicle.

Velta Chesser, a Davidson Middle School student, was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

Chesser told investigators she drove her grandmother's vehicle, a Chevy Impala, until it stopped running near McClelland Street in Crestview. She was found at 8 a.m. about 150 yards away from the vehicle with the keys in her bra, according to her arrest report.

Couch was identified in the Sheriff's Office press release that outlined the charges filed against Chesser.

The shooting, which happened just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, terrorized the neighborhood where it occurred. According to the call history record, the victim was shot in the leg, but was awake and breathing at the time of the initial calls. He was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Crestview police officials initially told the media the early morning shooting was not a drive-by, but rather an argument between two kids at the bus stop.

The call history record offered a different version of events, one that Crestview police spokesman Brian Hughes confirmed Wednesday.

"They were waiting at the bus stop and someone went by shooting," according to the call history.

Couch is registered as a student at Davidson Middle School, as is Chesser.

The victim, described by school officials as a "very good boy," attends Okaloosa Academy.

Neighbors told the Daily News that the sound of gunshots was common in the neighborhood, which they said has more than its share of drug deals.

According to Hughes, Couch is in custody at a Department of Juvenile Justice facility and is still being questioned.

 

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