Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler have been charged in a bizarre situation that left another Florida teen dead. According to police reports Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler along with Christoper Leroy Broad Jr were shooting each other with lethal ammunition while wearing body armor however Christopher would be fatally stuck and now Joshua has been charged with manslaughter and Colton has been charged with lying to police.
Apparently Joshua Vining (left side photo) and Christoper Leroy Broad Jr were switching back and forth in who was shooting and who was wearing the body armor. When police arrived on the scene Christoper Leroy Broad Jr would be rushed to the hospital where he would later die from his injuries. Colton Whitler (right side photo) would attempt to cover up the stupid crime however police would soon figure it out. Both Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler will be tried as adults. Only in Florida
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Two teenagers have been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a 16-year-old Marion County boy.
Joshua Vining, 17, and Colton Whitler, 17, were arrested on Thursday. Vining is facing an aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm charge. Police say Whitler was arrested on a charge of providing false information to Law Enforcement.
Belleview police say on Sunday, April 3, they responded to SE 52nd Court where the victim, Christoper Leroy Broad Jr., had been shot inside the home. He was taken to the hospital where he died.
Investigators say they discovered evidence to prove that Vining shot and killed Broad. The arrest of the two caught on an officer’s body cam.
“Through the investigation, it was determined that Vining and Broad were taking turns shooting at each other while wearing a vest which contained a form of body armor. Vining shot at Broad while he was wearing the vest, and he was struck,” the police department said.
“I walked out past my truck, and I saw a teenaged boy come out of that trailer next door screaming all hysterical,” said Joe Vanhouten, who lives next door and said he woke up to gunshots.
Vanhouten said he knows the teen charged with manslaughter and tells FOX 35 News he thinks Vining was a good kid.
“What I know of him, I mean, I guess you’d say a typical teenager,” Vanhouten said. “I know they don’t really realize the consequences of some of the stuff they do.”
Whitler, who was initially interviewed as a witness to the shooting, allegedly misled officials with inaccurate information about what took place and who shot Broad.
Vining and Whitler are both being charged as adults.