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Shootings in Pinellas leave one person injured

LEALMAN — Authorities are investigating two Friday night shootings that left one person injured.

The first, in the area of 54th Avenue N and 37th Street, happened at 8:36 p.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say an unknown man and a 16-year-old boy were talking when the man pulled out a gun. The teen started running away, and the man shot him. The victim then called friends, who took him to a hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The shooter is described as a white male about 50 years old who is 6 feet 6 and 250 pounds. He has white hair, a beard and was wearing jeans but no shirt, authorities said.

After the shooting, he drove away in a red, late 1970s or early 1980s Ford F-150 truck with no tailgate or front bumper.

A few hours later, authorities were called to the area again.

Police received a call shortly after 11 p.m. about a man in a different red Ford F-150 who was driving recklessly, trying to run people over and shooting a gun in the air.

No one was injured. A suspect, identified as Daniel Robert Stefanik III, 30, of 3189 47th Ter. N., was arrested.

It was unclear Saturday afternoon if the incidents are connected, authorities said.

"It's still being investigated," said Cecilia Barreda, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

In the second incident, deputies said, four juveniles were in the area of the 4200 block of 57th Avenue when Stefanik tried to run two of them over. As they scattered, he backed up in front of a house and fired a gun into the air.

He then went to the area of 42nd Street and 55th Avenue, where he tried to run over a juvenile and three adults, investigators said. He also pointed a gun at another adult in the area.

When deputies arrived, they spotted the truck and heard another shot. They eventually got Stefanik to stop on 58th Avenue near 43rd Street and found a 9mm pistol in his pocket.

He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on several charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging of a firearm in public. His bail is $140,500.

Anyone with information about the first shooting is asked to call Detective Dennis Garvey of (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Shootings in Pinellas leave one person injured 10/09/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 9, 2010 10:34pm]
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