Series of overnight shootings in St. Pete send 4 to hospital

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Saint Petersburg Police are investigating a series of overnight shootings that sent four people to the hospital, including two men who were shot inside a limousine.

Officials say it’s not clear if the cases are related.

According to a preliminary investigation, the first incident happened around 2:17 a.m., when officers responded to a call of a hit-and-run accident at Queensboro Avenue South and 31st Street. Police found an unoccupied white Nissan Maxima that had been struck by bullets multiple times.

There were no victims found in the area and no evidence of blood or weapons inside the car, although officers did find drugs, police spokesperson Mike Puetz said in a media release.

Then, at about 3:45 a.m., officers at the scene of that shooting were flagged down by the occupants of a black stretch limousine. Two men inside were suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds, and the limo had bullet damage on its exterior, Puetz said. The two men were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in stable condition.

There were as many as 10 other people inside the limo, but no one else was injured, according to police. Officers said they found a handgun inside.

The limo’s occupants told police someone in a black Chrysler 300 had fired into their car somewhere in the area of Seventh Avenue South and 28th Street, Puetz said. When officers went there, they found a black Chrysler 300 on the side of the road and a man inside suffering from a bullet wound to his upper body. He was taken to a local hospital with what appears to be life threatening wounds, police said.

It was not clear if there were any other occupants of the car who may have fled before officers arrived, or if the wounded man had been shot by any of the occupants of the limo, Puetz said.

Finally, at about that same time, another man arrived at All Children’s Hospital suffering from a non-life threatening bullet wound to his upper body, Officials said. “Again it’s not clear if this victim’s wound is in anyway related to the other shooting cases,” Puetz said in a release.

Police are still investigating the incidents.

Via William Mansell of Patch.

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