Multiple Shooting Calls in Gulfport Area

The Gulfport area saw several calls over the past week involving shootings.

The first call involved a man allegedly walking the streets near the corner of 45th Street South and 11th Avenue in the morning hours of Monday, December 7.

The suspect was reported to be a black male in his 20s and was firing rounds into the air. Both Gulfport and St. Petersburg police responded to the scene.

According to St. Petersburg police, a perimeter was set up encompassing several blocks and extending to 49th Street where a large police presence could be seen.

St. Petersburg police searched for the suspect with K9s, but were unable to locate him. No injuries were reported and the search and investigation is ongoing.

The second response to a weapons incident took place on the evening of Tuesday, December 8.

A 19-year-old man was reportedly wounded in a drive-by shooting at 1201 10th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. The victim of the shooting was struck in the leg and rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The maroon Hyundai that was involved in the shooting was spotted on 34th Street where police engaged in pursuit with the vehicle.

The car chase ended when the vehicle struck a tree at 5140 Tangerine Blvd. in Gulfport.

The suspects, described as black males in their 20s, fled on foot.

Police and K9 units searched for the suspects but were unable to locate them and suspended the search at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The vehicle used in the shooting was stolen and no firearm was found inside, though evidence of a firearm being used in the vehicle was found.

The investigation is ongoing.

Information on either crime can be called in to 727-893-7780, or you can use the anonymous Tip-411! Text “SPPD” and your tip to 847-411 (Tip-411).

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