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Two teens charged with murder after fatal shooting in Largo

Largo Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred shortly after midnight on Monday, April 1, 2024, on 66th Street N just north of 126th Avenue.

The Largo Police Department, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Pinellas Park Police Department all received multiple 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of 126th Avenue and 66th Street.

As officers arrived on scene, they located a severely injured juvenile, 17-year-old Carlos Medina with multiple gunshot wounds just outside of the apartment complex.

Officers attempted to render aid and Medina was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The Pinellas Park Police Department located a second juvenile with multiple gunshot wounds several blocks west on 126th Ave and a firearm nearby. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted for his injuries in stable condition.

Detectives were called out and began to investigate the incident. During the investigation, it was learned that Medina and another juvenile, 15-year-old Jonathan Garcia, were involved in a botched robbery of the victim.

According to investigators, Carlos and Jonathan attempted to rob the juvenile who possessed a firearm.

During the struggle both the victim and Carlos Medina suffered gunshot wounds. Both Carlos and Jonathan reportedly were armed with 9mm handguns which led to a shootout during the robbery attempt.

The investigation led to probable cause to charge Jonathan Garcia with Felony Murder (Second Degree for Carlos Medina’s death) and Attempted First Degree Felony Murder.

The investigation also revealed that Medina’s sister, 15-year-old Thalia Medina was involved in the orchestration of the robbery. She was charged with Felony Murder (Second Degree for Medina’s death).


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