Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police: Argument at St. Petersburg Wawa leads to shooting in traffic

ST. PETERSBURG — A fight that started at a convenience store Sunday afternoon led to a shooting at a major traffic intersection that hospitalized a man with possible life-threatening injuries, according to St. Petersburg police.

About 12:45 p.m., Vincent Pontone, 59, and Bryan Stevens, 34, argued at the Wawa at 2465 22nd Ave. N. Stevens threw coffee at Pontone, then pedaled his bicycle east on 22nd Avenue N, police said. Pontone drove his car in the same direction.

The two met again at a traffic light just west of Interstate 275. Stevens went into the median and started another argument with Pontone, police said.

Pontone told police that he was afraid of Stevens after he approached him in an aggressive manner. Pontone pulled out a handgun and fired twice, hitting Stevens in the upper torso with both shots.

Authorities rushed Stevens to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he was in stable condition Sunday evening.

Police said they plan to interview witnesses and Stevens before deciding whether to make an arrest.

Stevens was sentenced to one year's probation in 2006 for resisting an officer during an arrest for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He has also been arrested several other times for petty crimes, including driving with a suspended license.

Police: Argument at St. Petersburg Wawa leads to shooting in traffic 03/19/17 [Last modified: Sunday, March 19, 2017 8:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. A sports rout on Wall Street

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak.

  2. Rick Kriseman picks Floribbean restaurant for Manhattan Casino

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman has chosen a controversial restaurant concept to occupy the Manhattan Casino, saying he made a decision 11 days before the mayoral primary because he didn't want politics to get in the way of progress in struggling Midtown.

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson speaks during a Friday press conference announcing that the Callaloo Group will open a Floribbean restraurant in the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood. Some residents were upset with Mayor Rick Kriseman's choice, saying it will speed up gentrification of the area. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  3. Jones: What Bucs need in final preseason games, more or less

    Bucs

    That's it. Let's start the season. Start it right now.

    Tom Jones wants to see less of Jameis Winston playing hot potato with the football and throwing it up for anyone to catch. [Getty Images]
  4. 97X Next Big Thing expands to two days; Paramore, the Lumineers lead lineup

    Blogs

    This December, 97X is putting the big in Next Big Thing.

    The Lumineers
  5. Florida prison guards seize weapons, cellphones as statewide lockdown enters day 3

    Crime

    MIAMI — The unrest continued for a third day at Florida state prisons, as corrections officers — some of them armed — staged a show of force in an attempt to stave off an unspecified threat of violence this weekend.

    Blackwater River Correctional Facility. [Florida Department of Corrections]