A third suspect in the Halloween day drive-by shooting, Steed Corsey, 17, was arrested and charged in the incident. He told the actual shooter, Jerome Couch Jr.: "You're a full Blood now."
CRESTVIEW — A third suspect has been arrested following a drive-by shooting Halloween morning at a city school bus stop.
Steed Corsey, 17, was arrested Nov. 2 and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm accessory after the fact, according to a report from Crestview Police Department.
On the morning of Oct. 31, police were called to the area of Church Street and South Rayburn Street after multiple reports came in of gun shots heard in the area. A 13-year-old boy was shot multiple times in the incident and days after the shooting listed in stable condition at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
An officer spoke with a youth who said he was at the bus stop when a "newer white car" swerved at him and his brother. The car then turned around and shots were fired at them from the driver's side of the vehicle.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Crestview PD officers received information that 15-year-old Jerome Couch Jr. was driving a stolen, white 2015 Chevrolet Impala. The Sheriff's Office reported that it was stolen by his girlfriend, 13-year-old Velta Chesser, from her grandmother.
Couch told investigators that Corsey was also in the vehicle. Couch said that while driving at night, he met a man on the side of Aplin Road who gave him the gun, a 9mm Springfield XD. Couch also said he shot the firearm on a dirt road to test it and placed it under the passenger seat in the car, the report said.
Couch also said Corsey asked to use the vehicle to go to the service station, and that when he returned there was ammunition missing from the handgun, according to officers. When Corsey was brought in for questioning, he said he was with Couch and Chesser but that he never used a firearm during the evening.
Investigators reviewed video Nov. 1 of Chesser on a school bus making statements such as "He was going to shoot him in the head; I was like, 'Nah, shoot at the ground' " and "I was driving while he was shooting." Those statements were corroborated by six students who were on the bus at the time.
Chesser provided a sworn statement Nov. 2. She admitted to driving the vehicle while Couch sat behind her in the backseat with the firearm, according to the report. Chesser said Couch told her to turn around after they passed by the victim. At the time of the shooting, Chesser said Corsey told Couch, "You're a full Blood now."
Previously, Couch was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, while Chesser also was taken into custody and charged as a principle to aggravated battery with a firearm and an accessory after the fact.