Authorities say a Florida man fired shots at two late-night “Pokemon Go” players in a car outside his house but no one was injured.
Flagler County deputies said that around 1:30 a.m., a man heard a loud noise outside his home, leading him to grab a handgun and walk outside.
A car was parked in front of his home, the man said, and he heard someone in the car say, “Did you get anything?”
The homeowner said that he stepped out in front of the car, which then accelerated toward him, and he fired several shots.
Deputies investigated the incident early Saturday, but were unable to find the car – until they received a call around 10:30 a.m. from the car’s owner.
The owner of the car said her 19-year-old son and his friend were playing “Pokemon Go” when a man confronted them and fired several shots.
The mother said the teens didn’t tell her about the incident until they noticed bullet holes in one of the rear tires.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is using this as an opportunity to advise players to stay as safe as possible while walking around in the real world. They released the following tips:
- Call 911 immediately when you suspect someone is trying to break into your home.
- If at all possible, be an excellent witness for law enforcement by providing valuable information on what is occurring.
- Avoid leaving the protection of your home to confront suspects. This should be handled by trained law enforcement officers.
Pokemon Go Hunters:
- Use common sense, be alert at all times and stay aware of your surroundings. In law enforcement, we call this situational awareness.
- Watch where you are going.
- Do not drive or ride your bike, skateboard, or other device while interacting with the Pokemon Go app. You cannot do both safely at the same time.
- Do not trespass, go onto private property or into any area you usually would not if you weren’t playing Pokemon Go.
- Understand that people can use your location to lure you to “Pokéstops” so they can victimize you.
- Take a friend with you.
- If you are a minor, check with a parent before going anywhere and tell an adult or law enforcement officer immediately if anything happens.
Parents of Pokemon Go Hunters:
- Talk to your kids about strangers and set limits on where your kids can go.
- Be aware of third-party software apps claiming to enhance the gaming experience. Unfortunately, many of these apps allow access to sensitive personal data.