OLDSMAR — The grandmother of an 18-year-old man who was shot and left in a patch of woods here Thursday said the man is not expected to survive.
"He's not going to make it," Lillian Hanratty said Friday morning. "We really don't know what happened."
Deputies were called to a wooded area at the south end of Gray Bark Drive, just outside of the Eastlake Oaks community, at 6:36 p.m. Thursday. A man walking his dog found Tyler James Slipko wounded and unconscious, suffering from life-threatening injuries.
The Sheriff's Office would not release details on Slipko's injuries, citing the ongoing investigation. But Hanratty said her grandson, who lives on Northfield Drive in East Lake, was shot twice in the head and robbed of his cell phone and money.
He remained in a local hospital in serious condition Friday afternoon.
Friends and family members told investigators they last saw Slipko about 2 p.m. Thursday in a 1994 champagne-colored Toyota Camry that belongs to Hanratty. He was "absolutely" acting normally then, Hanratty said. The Camry is missing, and deputies consider it stolen.
According to a Facebook profile, Slipko attended East Lake High School this spring. He was arrested in January on burglary charges.
Deputies have asked anyone with information about the incident to call Pinellas County sheriff's Detective Robert Snipes at (727) 582-6200 or the anonymous tip line toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.