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Two teens shot by St. Petersburg police near Perkins Elementary

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Monday afternoon just blocks away from an elementary school.

Authorities said two people — one of them a 15-year-old girl — were shot about 3:45 p.m. near Perkins Elementary.

They both suffered bullet wounds but will survive, police said.

Police said the incident began when officers from the department's Street Crimes unit were approaching a stolen Nissan Altima parked in an alley behind 1831 26th St. S. As officers got close to the car, police said, the driver, Shaquelle F. Sweat, 19, accelerated toward Officers Richard Bishop, 30, and Brandon Bill, 31.

Both officers drew their guns and fired multiple rounds into the car as it came toward them. Bill was struck slightly as the car went past him, but did not suffer a significant injury.

As the car moved toward a nearby alley, Officer George Graves, 29, also fired at the car multiple times.

A short time later, Sweat exited the Altima and ran, police said. He was caught after a brief pursuit and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm.

Officers found the 15-year-old girl inside the car. She had a bullet wound to the shoulder and was taken to Bayfront.

Perkins Elementary, 2205 18th Ave S, was briefly put on lockdown.

Police are investigating the shooting and charges are pending against Sweat and the girl.

Two teens shot by St. Petersburg police near Perkins Elementary 04/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 11:25pm]
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