Confederate flag rally shooting suspect arrested on gun charges


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Sebastian Devin Boswell

Ocala, Florida — The gunman captured on video carrying a pistol grip 12-gauge shotgun during the pro-Confederate flag rally on July 12 has been arrested.

According to the Ocala Police Department, on July 16 he was arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to this case.

On July 17, OPD Detective Steckman went to the jail to speak with Sebastian Devin Boswell, 34, in reference to the July 12 shooting.


According to the police report, Boswell stated that prior to the Confederate flag rally, there was a “street beef” going on.

Boswell alleged that one of his cousins had an issue with another group from a store in the area, and the disturbance carried over into Northroads Apartments.

He stated that he heard shots fired and thought his cousin might have “gotten into something.” Boswell then ran over to Pavilion Oaks and got a shotgun out of a car. He said he found a towel in the trunk and covered it up before running over to Northroads Apartments.

According to reports, Boswell claimed that as he was walking over to Northroads an older man, known as “OG Hit,” stopped him and took the gun away.

Boswell told the detectives that he was not going to hurt anyone, and he had not loaded any shells into the shotgun. He said that after “OG Hit” took the gun from him, he heard more shots.

Boswell stated, “I had no part in the shooting.” He went on to say, “I never shot, I love white people. I have a white baby mamma.”

As the detective was ending the interview, Boswell said that he wanted something on the record.

Boswell then stated, “I am not a racist.” He said that the flag he flies is blue, “not Confederate or red and white,” because he is an “inactive gang member.”

Boswell has been arrested 18 times in Marion County and has served time in the Florida Department of Corrections.

His previous charges include, Aggravated Battery (x2), Failure to Appear (x4), Residential Burglary, Resisting arrest (x2), Driving While License Revoked (x5), Obstruction by Disguised Person, False Name to LEO, Possession of Cocaine (x3), Possession of Marijuana (x3), Domestic Battery (x2), Strong-arm Robbery, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Open Container (x2), Flee and Elude (x2), Violation of Probation, Possession of Narcotic Equipment, Disorderly Conduct, and DUI.

On Friday, he was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Boswell is currently being held without bond.

Detectives said that after the surveillance video footage was released to the media, they received numerous phone calls from people who identified Boswell as the man from the video.