CLEARWATER — Pinellas deputies arrested a teenager Friday afternoon in connection with a home invasion robbery that left one man dead and two people injured after a resident fired shots, authorities said.
Carl J. Carr, 17, of 2472 South Drive in Clearwater, was charged with felony murder under a state law that says a person who commits a felony can be charged with murder if someone dies during the commission of the crime.
Carr surrendered to authorities around 3:30 p.m. after family members and people from his church encouraged him to come forward, the Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Carr, 19-year-old Anson Felton and 18-year-old Ramond Herrial, all of Clearwater, tried to rob a home at 2311 Lorena Lane just before midnight Tuesday. Two of the robbers were armed with guns, they said.
But the plan went awry when one of the home's occupants, who feared for his life, pulled out his own gun and started shooting, deputies said.
Felton was fatally shot and Herrial was injured.
The resident, whose name has not been released, also shot one of his roommates by accident, deputies said. The roommate suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Carr and Herrial fled after the shooting, deputies said. Detectives found Herrial at a hospital in Hillsborough County. He was also charged with felony murder after his arrest Thursday.
Detectives said they do not believe the crime was random, but have not yet explained whether the robbers knew their victims or what they were trying to steal.
Neighbors in the quiet community of single-family homes off of Drew Street said the residents of the home frequently held large parties, including one last weekend.
According to Pinellas court records, Felton was convicted of cocaine possession in December. Herriel does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Carr has an extensive criminal history and was first arrested at age 10 on a charge of battery on an elected official or education employee, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In 2006, at age 12, he was charged with false imprisonment of a child and sexual battery, FDLE records show. He also has previous arrests for drug possession, strong arm robbery, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery on detention staff.