Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public safety

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

RECOMMENDED READING


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 [email protected]

Comments
Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

CLEARWATER — The former Pepin Academies executive director who died in a watercraft and boat collision on Sept. 23 had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes someone is impaired, a toxicology report showed. Just befo...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pasco Deputies: Man climbs into bed with sleeping woman after multiple burglaries

Pasco Deputies: Man climbs into bed with sleeping woman after multiple burglaries

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man who ended a series of burglaries by breaking into the home of a sleeping woman, where he climbed into her bed, was arrested Monday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.Russel Smith, 42, now faces three felony char...
Updated: 7 hours ago

28-year-old man shot dead in Spring Hill home, deputies say

SPRING HILL — A 28-year-old man was shot and killed inside a Spring Hill home Monday night, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies responded to at least two separate 911 calls about 8:15 p.m., in which callers reported shots being...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Crime Stoppers, Straz Foundation still working out Seminole Heights reward money

Crime Stoppers, Straz Foundation still working out Seminole Heights reward money

TAMPA — You can collect $110,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in the Seminole Heights killings, but for now you’ll have to make two stops.The David A. Straz Foundation announced Monday it would contribute $10,000 to a reward f...
Published: 11/21/17

Crash involving bicyclist closes EB lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — Eastbound lanes on W Kennedy Boulevard were reopened by 6:30 a.m. at S Parker Street in downtown Tampa after a bicyclist was struck early Tuesday morning.The crash occurred in front of the University of Tampa, according to broadcast reports.W...
Published: 11/21/17
In wake of killings, Seminole Heights hosts supper to thank first responders

In wake of killings, Seminole Heights hosts supper to thank first responders

TAMPAKenny Hoffa surprised everyone when he made the seven-hour drive from Charleston, S.C., to Tampa’s Seminole Heights to attend a dinner set up to thank police for working hard to solve a string of recent killings.For Hoffa, it was an easy decisio...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Another teen fights for his life following reported stolen car crash

Another teen fights for his life following reported stolen car crash

ST. PETERSBURG — Another teenager is fighting for his life after a crash involving a car that was later reported stolen, according to police.The 15-year-old was a passenger in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that hit a tree in the 4000 block of 11th Avenue S...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
NTSB report details steep turns and dives preceding Roy Halladay’s fatal crash

NTSB report details steep turns and dives preceding Roy Halladay’s fatal crash

Before he crashed, Roy Halladay flew within 75 feet of houses and skimmed the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report published Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board.The report, which did not address the cause of the crash, ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Blasts at plant kill 1, injure dozens

Blasts at plant kill 1, injure dozens

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — Authorities recovered the body of a male worker reported missing after two explosions and a fire at a New York cosmetics factory left 30 to 35 people injured, including seven firefighters caught in the second blast, officials said...
Published: 11/20/17
Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

APOLLO BEACH — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Tampa Electric $18,108 and gave the company two "serious" citations for its response to a gas leak at the Big Bend Power Station in May, the agency announced late Friday.T...
Published: 11/20/17