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Teens ages 14 and 15 charged as adults in drive-by shooting

TAMPA — Two teens were arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting targeting two people last week, according to court records.

Javier Rocha, 15, and Juventino Morales, 14, each face two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Rocha faces an additional charge of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. Both were charged as adults.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested the two boys Tuesday, about three weeks after the shooting.

According to the arrest warrant, Morales was driving a white sport utility vehicle with Rocha riding in the rear passenger seat on Feb. 12.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the two drove past two people who were walking near 70th Street S and Flint Drive, the warrant said. Rocha rolled down his window, the report said, and pointed a gun as they passed the two pedestrians. The warrant does not say if they fired gunshots at this time.

Morales then made a U-turn and drove the SUV past the victims a second time, the report said. This time, the warrant said, Rocha fired three to six gunshots at the two pedestrians.

The two people who were targeted later identified Morales and Rocha, deputies said. Court records said the victims feared for their lives.

Both teens were booked into the Hillsbrough County jail. Morales was being held Thursday with bail set at $30,000 and Rocha’s bail was set at $100,000.

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