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Police ID suspect in fatal St. Petersburg shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect accused of killing an innocent bystander earlier this week.

A warrant for second-degree murder has been issued for Walter Lee Conley Owens, 24 of St. Petersburg, whose last known address was 895 21st Ave. S.

Owens shot into a group of people at about 10:45 p.m. Monday outside 4651 20th Ave. S, during a dispute about a drug deal, police said. Tremell Mitchell, 22, who'd stepped outside of his grandmother's home to see what the commotion was about, was shot in the upper body. He died at Bayfront Medical Center.

Police have said Mitchell had nothing to do with the dispute and was just trying to get away.

Several witnesses identified Owens as the shooter, police said Friday.

"We've been trying for the last few days to pick him up," said Maj. Mike Kovacsev. "We just haven't had the luck."

Police believe Owens is hiding somewhere in the city. Authorities are now hoping the public can help them "get him in custody and make him accountable for what happened," Kovacsev said.

Owens has previous juvenile and adult arrests for selling and possessing cocaine and marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended or revoked license and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (727) 893-7164.

Police ID suspect in fatal St. Petersburg shooting 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:25pm]
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