Woman hurt in apparent drug transaction
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was investigating a drug-related shooting that happened Sunday morning near St. Petersburg. A woman, whose name was not released, was shot in her upper body about 3:30 a.m. near the 2600 block of 40th Avenue N, the Sheriff's Office said. She was in critical condition Sunday night. The woman, who is in her late 20s or early 30s, was with other people who came to that area to buy drugs, detectives said. The assailant was still at large, authorities said. No other details were released.
Man accused of firing into crowd
An escalating fight culminated with a man firing into a crowd Saturday night, authorities said. Byron G. Showers III, 20, of Tampa got into an argument around 10 p.m. at 1505 130th Ave. E, which is west of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, an arrest affidavit shows. The argument turned into a fistfight. After the fight, Showers armed himself with a handgun and recognized someone in a crowd. He fired into the crowd, striking more than one victim, the affidavit shows. It did not name the victims or detail their injuries. Showers fled in a Pontiac Grand Am, the affidavit said, but deputies located it a few blocks away. He was arrested and faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He posted $4,000 bail and was released from Hillsborough County Jail. The affidavit lists Showers as a member of the Drak Boys gang.
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