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Police ID gunshot victim who walked into All Children's Hospital and died

ST. PETERSBURG — Minutes before 11 a.m. Thursday, a man stumbled through the doors of All Children's Hospital.

He was bleeding and had multiple gunshot wounds.

Doctors rushed to treat him.

But the man, identified as Christopher Lamont Danford, 21, of 1517 25th Ave. S, soon died in the lobby.

St. Petersburg police are trying to piece together what happened to Danford, who was dropped off at the hospital only minutes before he died.

Authorities think the incident started with a report of gunshots nearly a mile away from the hospital at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Homicide investigators think the occupants of a silver sport utility vehicle exchanged gunfire with people in another vehicle while stopped in the 1300 block of 11th Ave. S, directly in front of Silver Lake Playlot.

Investigators think Danford was standing outside the SUV when he was hit with multiple gunshots to his upper torso and lower extremities.

Ten minutes later, police learned that a silver SUV showed up at the hospital at 800 Sixth St. S around 10:55 a.m. and left the victim at a ramp.

Danford managed to make it into the hospital lobby, said police Detective Rodney Tower.

The motive for the shooting was unknown, police said. Detectives are investigating who shot Danford and who was in the SUV that left him at the hospital.

The scene of the shooting at Silver Lake Playlot was roped off Thursday by investigators.

Danford's family could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Police ask anyone with information to call their anonymous tip line at (727) 892-5000 or to text police at (727) 420-8911.

Times multimedia reporters Kameel Stanley and Catriona Stuart contributed to this report.

Police ID gunshot victim who walked into All Children's Hospital and died 10/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:12pm]
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