Cedar Key teen charged with shooting friend in face

Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:26 a.m.

An 18-year-old man from Cedar Key was arrested Tuesday, accused of shooting his 16-year-old friend in the face while toying with a gun. Investigators said the victim was able to walk and talk immediately after being shot and is expected to recover.

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Waylan John Campbell

Cedar Key Police

Waylan John Campbell, of 6551 S.W. 132nd Ave. in Cedar Key, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, culpable negligence and false report of a crime. Campbell is also expected to be charged with violating his probation on a grand theft conviction.

According to Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Evan Sullivan, the victim, Gary McIntyre, also of Cedar Key, was shot once in the face at close range.

"He was shot with a .22-caliber revolver and it his his bottom lip, went through his two lower, central incisors and the muscle under his tongue, then stopped one centimeter from his carotid artery," Sullivan said.

Investigators said that, even though McIntyre asked Campbell to call 911, Campbell stalled and tried to come up with a plausible story for the shooting that would not implicate him.

Campbell reportedly told McIntyre that he would go to prison if investigators knew he was responsible.

"He (Campbell) fabricated a story for them to tell about being at the Shiloh Cemetery looking at a sound system in a car when they heard a shot and realized McIntyre had been hit," Sullivan said.

Investigators said that what really happened appeared to be Campbell playing with the revolver. He allegedly thought the gun was empty, spun he cylinder and dry-fired the gun twice, then pointed the gun toward McIntyre and fired a third time, discharging one of three bullets still in the gun, Sullivan said.

Campbell was being held at the Levy County jail on Wednesday.

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