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Man arrested on attempted murder charge in St. Pete shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who fired a high-powered assault rifle at several people and shot bullets into four St. Petersburg houses was arrested Thursday afternoon on an attempted murder charge, police said.

Ahquan Brownlee, 23, got into an argument with another man about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Patton Avenue S, police said. During the argument, Brownlee pulled the rifle from a waiting 2004 Lexus sport utility vehicle and fired it at least 11 times.

Bystanders ran and laid on the ground in order to avoid being shot, according to police. No one was injured, but bullets hit at least four nearby houses, police said. Brownlee then fled in the SUV.

Homicide detectives found the SUV and arrested Brownlee the next day. He was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of attempted murder, shooting a deadly missile into a dwelling, aggravated assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Detectives believe another person was with Brownlee at the time of the shooting, police said. The incident was still being investigated Thursday.

Man arrested on attempted murder charge in St. Pete shooting 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:30pm]
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