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Sheriff's Office arrests 18-year-old in shooting near Largo

LARGO — Two men were injured Friday morning in a shooting in Ridgecrest, an unincorporated neighborhood west of Largo.

By Friday afternoon, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office had a suspect under arrest: Deonte Jermaine Williams, 18, of Oak Village Drive in Largo, who authorities say was the shooter but also one of the injured.

The shooting occurred about 10 a.m. near 2325 119th St. N, a local store known as Handy Corner, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

According to detectives, Williams and Mario Goshay, 22, of Largo were inside Handy Corner when they began arguing. They left the store, but the argument escalated outside. A shot was fired and Williams fled, detectives said.

Goshay, shot in the shoulder, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.

Later, authorities received a 911 hang-up call from a house on 134th Place N in Largo, about a second victim. Deputies went to the house and found Williams with an injury to his left hand. Detectives said Williams claimed to be a victim of the shooting. He was taken to a hospital for his injury.

According to the Sheriff's Office, an investigation determined that Williams wounded himself while shooting Goshay. Williams was arrested for attempted murder.

The investigation is continuing.

Ridgecrest has been plagued by drug sales and violence for years. The drive-by killing of 19-year-old Gregory Williams of Clearwater there on Nov. 23 led to a recent series of neighborhood meetings to discuss ways to curb the violence.

Gregory Williams was shot while attending a party at a home in Ridgecrest. Investigators are not sure whether Williams was the intended target. There have been no arrests in that case.

On Friday evening, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said detectives are investigating whether there is any relationship between Gregory Williams and Deonte Williams. They also are still determining the nature of the argument between Deonte Williams and Goshay that led to Friday's shooting.

Diane Steinle can be reached at (727) 445-4152 or

Sheriff's Office arrests 18-year-old in shooting near Largo 12/21/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 8:31pm]
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