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Deputies arrest man accused shooting man in face with BB gun

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-04 09:01:52-05

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) - Pasco County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of shooting another man in the face with a BB gun in a Walmart parking lot.

Authorities say Daniel P. Quinnell asked the unidentified 24-year-old if he was from the Middle East and if he was Muslim. Officials say the man said no to both questions before Quinnell pulled out a BB gun Wednesday and fired at least 20 shots at the man and his girlfriend.

The man was treated at the scene, while his girlfriend was not hurt.

Quinnell was arrested late Thursday and charged with aggravated battery. It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

Detectives in Pasco County say they received several tips after releasing video and photos of the attacker, including one that he was staying at a hotel near Interstate 75.