The Willoughby boy, 17, was charged with having a weapon under disability, tampering with evidence, inducing panic, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.
Perkins police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, when witnesses reported seeing a person fire three shots into the air following a minor car crash involving a gray vehicle and a white vehicle, according to a police report.
Officers stopped the gray vehicle on Milan Road, near Super 8, ordering the four occupants out at gunpoint, the report said.
The story played out as such: The gray car was trolling through the Walmart parking lot when it was struck by the white car. The occupants got out and began arguing, and a few other vehicles pulled up to the scene, too.
At some point, the Willoughby boy pulled out a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and fired into the air, the report said. The boy then fled on foot toward the Firelands medical building and the Super 8. The gray car then left the crash scene, but not before picking up the alleged shooter on Milan Road.
The boy’s appearance and clothing matched the description provided by witnesses. Police also viewed surveillance video from Walmart, which showed the boy firing the gun into the air before running off.
The three people who were in the vehicle with the boy said they had no idea who fired the shots. They were not charged, according to the report.
Police scoured the scene in hopes of finding the gun, but it was the boy who led them to it — he tossed the weapon into some bushes near the Super 8 when he ran from the scene, the report said.
The gun had three live rounds and three spent rounds, the report said. The boy was taken to the Erie County detention center.