Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Man, 19, shot multiple times in his parked car in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A 19-year-old man was shot several times early Wednesday as he sat in the driver's seat of his car, according to police.

Martez Wilson was taken to All Children's Hospital by his brother. He had serious injuries, but was stable.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. in the driveway at 2421 28th St. S as Wilson was sitting in the driver's seat of a silver 2010 Chevrolet Impala and talking with another passenger and an acquaintance outside.

A white vehicle pulled up and a man emerged with a pistol. Without warning, he walked up to the driver's side window and started firing, hitting Wilson in the upper torso.

"He just began firing, unannounced and unchallenged," said police spokesman Michael Puetz.

The passenger and the man who was standing outside ran and were not injured.

The unidentified suspect returned to his vehicle. It was unclear if there was another person inside.

Sometime after the shooting, Wilson's brother showed up and drove Wilson in the Impala to the hospital.

Police did not identify a motive. It was unclear whether Wilson was intentionally targeted or mistaken for someone else, said Puetz.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them at (727) 893-7780 or at their tip line, (727) 892-5000.

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