Stolen firearm used in 2019 shooting recovered in drug bust

PHOTO PROVIDED BY INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A stolen Glock semi-automatic pistol used in a 2019 shooting that injured a homeowner, was recovered last week during a drug probe, officials said.

“This post should serve as an example of the unintended consequences of leaving firearms in vehicles, especially unsecured vehicles,” Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies said in a Facebook post Monday.

For the shooting that occurred Nov. 24, 2019 in Vero Lake Estates, deputies arrested Zachary Music, 18, of the 200 block of Main Street, Sebastian, and Noah Oberbeck, 16, of Vero Lake Estates, on charges of attempted murder, grand theft of firearm and armed burglary. Both are awaiting trial, deputies said.

The homeowner – who was shot after confronting the pair when one of them tried to break into his vehicle – suffered non-life threatening injuries. The gun used in the shooting was never found, until last Thursday during an undercover narcotics investigation.

During the probe – which began in November – deputies and a confidential informant set up drug deals with various suspects. The informant purchased crack cocaine from Quaniesha Bynum, 26, and Deonte Bynum, 24, both of the 4500 block of 34th Avenue, Gifford.

Deputies said Quaniesha Bynum was holding an infant when she sold the narcotics. The sheriff’s SWAT team executed a search warrant Dec. 10 at the Bynums’ residence.

Deputies found Quaniesha Bynum at the home and charged her with sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of cocaine and child abuse, reports show. Deputies later found Deonte Bynum and charged him with sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of cocaine.

Both have since been released from the county jail – Quaneisha Bynum on $20,000 bond and Deonte Bynum on $85,000 bond.

Inside the Bynums’ residence, deputies found cocaine and four firearms, including the Glock 9mm handgun used in the Vero Lake Estates shooting, officials said. It was unclear how the firearm ended up at their home.

Deputies noted there have been eight guns stolen from unlocked vehicles in the county since Nov. 23. There have been 38 auto burglaries reported since Dec. 1.

“Please properly secure your firearms and remember to lock your car doors,” deputies said.

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