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Clearwater police looking for second suspect in double shooting

CLEARWATER — Police on Tuesday were still searching for a second man suspected in a double shooting early Saturday in the North Greenwood area that left two men hospitalized.

One of the victims, a 46-year-old man whose name has not been released, was shot twice in the head and is not expected to survive, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

He was in critical condition Tuesday, said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

Police have not released the man's name because they have had difficulty reaching his family. The man is not from Florida, police said.

If he dies, police would upgrade charges against 24-year-old suspect Carlos Benito Jones, who is currently charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The other man shot during the incident, 58-year-old Colbert Collins, of 1730 Fulton Ave., also remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

According to the warrant filed in Pinellas County criminal court, a witness said he was riding his bicycle in the area of Cherry Harris Park, formerly called Marshall Park, on Beckett Street around 4:45 a.m. when he saw Jones and two other men pull up in a white car and get out. Jones and one of the men from the vehicle approached Collins and spoke to him, the witness said.

The witness said he overheard Collins say, "No," at which point Jones pulled a handgun from his waistband and started shooting at Collins and the other victim, the warrant states.

The witness, a 48-year-old man, said the other man also started shooting at Collins. The witness pedaled away as the unidentified suspect chased him and fired at him also, he said. The man was able to get away and flag down a passing Clearwater police officer.

Detectives quickly identified Jones as a suspect and the witness picked him out of a photo lineup, according to the warrant.

Clearwater officers were waiting for Jones at his home at 419 Venetian Drive later Saturday when he crawled out through a window and climbed into the bed of a waiting pickup truck, the warrant states. He was arrested and remains in the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

Police got the warrant and searched Jones' duplex later Saturday. They found marijuana and cocaine as well as individually packaged bags of marijuana and a digital scale. They seized items of clothing, but did not find a gun, according to the warrant.

Clearwater police looking for second suspect in double shooting 10/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:47pm]
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