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Teen charged in shotgun shooting

A Phoenix High School student was charged Tuesday with attempted murder after allegedly shooting into an occupied manufactured home in Talent with a shotgun.

Felipe Villalba, 18, was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on felony charges alleging he fired into the residence just before 3 a.m. Dec. 6 while two adults and a 1-year-old infant were inside.

Villalba allegedly admitted to police that he fired a shotgun into the bedroom window of the home at 812 S. Pacific Highway, according to a court document filed by Talent police.  

Four shots were fired into a bedroom where the three victims had been sleeping, hitting a bedroom wall inches away from their heads, according to the document. 

The mother in the house needed medical attention after shotgun pellets struck her in the arm and leg, the document said.

Villalba told police he was paranoid about a Facebook post someone in the family had made, the document said. Throughout the day he had been taking the prescription drug Xanax, typically used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, police said. 

Police arrested Villalba after he allegedly bragged about the shooting at school the next day. Villalba also allegedly posted a photograph of himself holding the shotgun on Snapchat prior to the shooting, according to the court document.

Four 20-gauge shotgun shells found outside the home matched a weapon Villalba's friend had reported stolen the week before. Villalba has so far refused to tell police where he hid the weapon and mask used in the shooting, nor has he revealed who drove him in an SUV that night, police said.

Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack set Villalba's bail at $1 million at an initial hearing Tuesday, where Villalba entered not guilty pleas to four counts of attempted murder, four counts of attempted first-degree assault with a firearm, second-degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. 

Villalba has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since Thursday, after Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrested him on an unrelated warrant charging him with trespassing into Phoenix High School in September. 

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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