Third teen referred for charges in Saturday’s shooting

A third teen faces delinquency counts of theft, tampering with evidence and obstructing of justice from a weekend shooting that wounded a 15-year-old Bellefontaine boy.

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Landon Longbrake, 14, was referred to the Logan County Family Court for charges.

He, along with shooting victim, Austin Allen, 15, and Nicholas Baker, 15, went out in the early morning hours Saturday and stole  a Beretta .40-caliber handgun, two knives, a personal music player, charging cords, a flashlight and a bank card from Kevin Fields’ vehicle while it was parked at the victim’s east Auburn Avenue residence.

Mr. Fields told officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department he thought the car was locked, but there were no signs of force entry.

Around 7:20 a.m. while at 809 Heritage Court, Apt. 36, Nicholas was playing with the gun and it fired with a round striking Austin in the right leg which traveled through and into the left leg.

He was transported from the scene by a Bellefontaine squad and later was transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

He was treated and released that day and detectives interviewed him Sunday.

Nicholas and Landon tried to hide the firearm, a spent cartridge and the stolen items, but everything was recovered by police.

Because he committed a violent act, Nicholas was lodged in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center on delinquency charges of negligent assault, tampering with evidence and felony theft.

The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office has not filed charges against two adults who were investigated by police.