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Clearwater police arrest suspect in double shooting at Marshall Park

Times staff

CLEARWATER — Two people were found wounded by gunfire, one critically, before dawn Saturday at Marshall Park.

Within hours, Clearwater police arrested a man recently released from prison and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.

They found Carlos Benito Jones, 24, hiding in the bed of a pickup truck during a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Fort Harrison Avenue, according to Elizabeth Watts, the city's public safety spokeswoman.

Watts said police were working to identify a second suspect.

The names of the two wounded people were not released. Both were hospitalized, and one was in "very critical" condition, Watts said Saturday afternoon.

Florida Department of Corrections records show that Jones was released March 4 from Graceville Correctional Facility in North Florida, where he served two years following burglary and grand theft charges in Polk County.

Watts said he had been living at 419 Venetian Drive in Clearwater.

Marshall Park is just east of N Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue between Beckett and Marshall streets.

Clearwater police arrest suspect in double shooting at Marshall Park 10/15/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2011 1:46pm]

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