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Two Dead in Separate St. Petersburg Shootings

crimescene2Two Dead in Separate St. Petersburg Shootings

October 11, 2014

St. Petersburg Police arrived on scene of in the 4500 block of 8th Avenue South about 8:14PM on Friday, October 10, 2014.

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Arriving officers found the body of 36 year, Francis J. McDermott in the driver’s seat of a silver Dodge Silverado pick-up truck stopped in the middle of the street. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and was pronounced death on the scene by paramedics.

Homicide detectives arrived on the scene to begin their investigation.

No suspects have been identified as yet and information on the circumstances surrounding the homicide is not available at this time.

The second shooting occurred at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday morning, a passerby reported hearing a gunshot coming from the pedestrian overpass which spans the 700 block of 34th Street South. Upon looking further he discovered the victim lying on the overpass suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body and called 911.

The victim, 17 year-old Donald J. Avery of St. Petersburg, was transported to Bayfront Health – St. Petersburg where he was pronounced deceased. His parents have been notified of his death.

Detectives from the St. Petersburg Police Department are in the process of attempting to identify suspects and motive in the case, but there is no additional information to release at this time.

Other than proximity of the two shootings, it is unknown if they are connected in any way.

The investigation in both cases continue.

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