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Gulfport man dies in shooting

GULFPORT — As garage sale shoppers made their way down the cozy street Sunday, the driveway at 2620 49th St. S stood out.

Here, people checking out the goods outside were joined by others asking if this was where a fatal, point-blank shooting happened Saturday night.

"That's crazy," said neighbor Deborah Dulabaum, 52, who was at her own garage sale.

Riley F. Bryan, 67, a former boat captain, was jailed without bail Sunday, charged with the first-degree murder of Donald H. Price, 52.

Police say Bryan shot Price during a fight about 9 p.m.

Saturday was also the city's community garage sale day. On Sunday, some people decided to put up their goods for another stab at cash.

So did the people left at Bryan's house.

A man and a woman there greeted a St. Petersburg Times reporter in the driveway, then declined to talk about the shooting.

Saturday night, neighbors called police after hearing gunshots in the Bryan house, known among neighbors for its visits by police.

Police found the gravely wounded Price but no reason for the dispute was immediately found, despite Price's wife and two others being in the house at the time.

After the shooting, witnesses said, Bryan walked outside coolly and talked on the phone. "He just called someone and said, 'I shot somebody,' " said Dulabaum.

Price had a history of police scrapes, including a felony cocaine possession charge in June.

Bryan used to run the Sea Taxi company, but his booking report listed his employment as "disabled." A 1992 newspaper story described the Idaho native as a man who "weathered fog, wild seas and searches by Customs agents and the Coast Guard."

He also has weathered brushes with police that led to charges involving drug possession and assault that were later dropped, records show.

Reach David DeCamp at ddecamp@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8779.

Gulfport man dies in shooting 11/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, November 8, 2009 11:55pm]
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