Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Attempted robbery of card game leaves two dead at St. Petersburg motel

ST. PETERSBURG — The six men were huddled around a game of cards at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday outside the Kenwood Village Inn when two armed, masked men showed up.

The intruders apparently wanted money. But they wouldn't get it without a fight.

Gunfire rang out. Residents at the motel, 701 34th St. N, called 911. By the time police arrived, three people — two of the players and one of the would-be robbers — had been shot.

Police are investigating the apparent botched robbery, which happened as the group was playing tonk, a game involving low-stakes gambling, authorities said.

No arrests had been made late Wednesday, but one of those who was shot, Garrick C. Lucas, 25, died at the scene with a mask still covering his face, police said. A handgun lay next to his body. Another man, Eric T. Carter, 41, was later pronounced dead after being taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

Carter, who lived at the Kenwood Village Inn and worked as the motel's maintenance man, appeared to have exchanged gunfire with Lucas, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

A 17-year-old, Micah Cave, who lives at the nearby Mosley Motel, remains in stable condition.

The second gunman remains at large.

Detectives questioned the other four card players. Police said they believe friends of Lucas know who the second suspect is, but so far have not cooperated with authorities.

Lucas has an arrest history that includes charges of battery, carrying a concealed weapon, burglary and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, according to state records.

Carter also had a history of brushes with the law, including a stint in prison after a 2005 conviction for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

His grandmother, Carrie Carter of St. Petersburg, said her family was in a state of confusion following word of the shooting.

"I'm a little prejudiced because he was my grandson, but I thought he was a very nice person," Carter said. "It's very difficult."

Carter spent time in the Army in the late 1980s and early 1990s, his grandmother said. Afterward, he kept getting in trouble, which, in turn, made it difficult to find work.

"I don't know what happened," she said. "I'm just so confused right now."

Anyone with information about the shooting can call Detective Kenny Miller at (727) 892-5916.

Times staff writer Laura C. Morel contributed to this report.

Authorities remove a body Wednesday from the Kenwood Village Inn at 701 34th St. N in St. Petersburg. The hotel’s maintenance man and a robber were fatally shot.


Authorities remove a body Wednesday from the Kenwood Village Inn at 701 34th St. N in St. Petersburg. The hotel’s maintenance man and a robber were fatally shot.

Attempted robbery of card game leaves two dead at St. Petersburg motel 12/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week 1: 'Liquor wall’ proponents. Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a bill to allow Walmart, Target and other big box stores to sell liquor was a victory for an array of groups, from smaller merchants and Publix (which has stand-alone booze shops near its stores) to those who feel the hard stuff …

  2. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival brings Major Lazer, safety upgrades to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    Somewhere beyond the barricades and mountainous LED stages of the Sunset Music Festival, there had to be worry. There had to thousands of parents in parking lots and empty kitchens, anxiously distracting their minds, every now and then checking their phones.

    Major Lazer headlined the Sunset Music Festival on May 27, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  3. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  4. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title


    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  5. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.