Sandra Smith, 65, faces a felony charge for firing off a 38-caliber pistol to scare off a group of young adults hanging out at the lake.
The incident happened around 11:45 p.m. when Smith went onto her balcony and yelled “be quiet” to eight young adults who were hanging out near the 22000 block of Formentor. She then returned holding an “unknown” object, and the young adults said they heard a gunshot and saw a muzzle flash. When asked, Smith told one of the witnesses that she had a gun. The eight people fled the lake’s beach and Smith called the Sheriff’s Department to report loud subjects.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered Smith was intoxicated. She said she had fired a flare gun but later admitted to shooting a gun into the air. Deputies found the gun, with one spent round and checked the area to ensure no one was injured.
Smith was arrested for discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.