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15-year-old St. Petersburg boy found shot dead inside stolen car

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are searching for a gunman after a 15-year-old was found dead inside a parked car late Thursday.

Police officers found Carl Lee Martin, 15, of St. Petersburg inside a green 2002 Dodge Caravan parked in an alley behind 626 23rd Ave. S after being called about the vehicle about 11:30 p.m., officials said.

The car was later found to have been reported stolen from Lakeland this week, police said.

Martin, who was a student at Pinellas Secondary School, had gunshot wounds to his upper body, police said. He was declared dead at the scene.

A homicide investigation is under way. No suspects were identified Friday.

No one answered the door at Martin's apartment Friday at the Citrus Grove Apartments in Bethel Heights. He lived in the same area as Nick Lindsey, the teen who police say shot a St. Petersburg Police officer earlier this year.

A neighbor at the apartments said someone picked up Martin's mother and took her to a relative's house after she learned of her son's death.

No further information was available Friday.

15-year-old St. Petersburg boy found shot dead inside stolen car 12/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 5:26pm]
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