ST. PETERSBURG — The ambulance was long gone. The names of the deceased were made public. Two families were left to mourn, and police were left searching for answers after two people were fatally shot early Thursday morning.
Officers found Jacqueline Green and Ashland Jarrett shot multiple times while sitting in her 2017 white Toyota RAV4 outside her home at 6490 22nd St. S around 1:45 a.m., according to St. Petersburg police. She was in the driver's seat. He was in the front passenger seat.
Jarrett, 45, of Bradenton died at the scene after officers attempted to render first aid. Green, 48, was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where she was later pronounced dead.
The gunshots jolted Wallace Andrews awake just a few houses away. Andrews, 66, said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his military service in Vietnam. At first, he thought the bullets were directed at his home.
Andrews leapt out of bed and peeked out his window. Then he checked on his daughter, who works the night shift and had just gotten home. He said she slept through the gunfire.
"I went outside and tried to figure out what the hell was going on," Andrews said. "But I couldn't see anything."
He went back inside and locked his doors. Officers came knocking minutes later. Andrews said he couldn't go back to sleep.
"Hard to sleep knowing there's something like this going on," he said, standing barefoot in his driveway Thursday afternoon as he watched the police hover around Green's house.
Police said the shooting was not random. But they did not release any other details about the investigation, including whether they have identified any suspects.
"This is an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger," St. Petersburg police spokesman Rick Shaw said.
Police said a witness saw someone run to a dark-colored Toyota Camry that sped away after the shooting, but they have not yet linked that information to the shooting.
Vicki Imbach, 51, said she has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years and that crime has gotten worse in the last 10.
But Imbach said she never expected this: "Having two people murdered, this is out of the ordinary."
Family and friends of the victims arrived at Green's home about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Green's daughter spoke to police, then burst into tears. Her friends did not identify her and said she did not want to comment.
A dozen or so family and friends huddled on the lawn and around their cars, arms draped over one another's shoulders as they stared at the empty, pink stucco house.
Cars rolled past slowly, drivers craning their necks as they passed the long line of police vehicles. A few shook their heads as they drove by, exchanging shrugs and glances with neighbors.
Times staff writer Samantha Putterman contributed to this report.