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St. Petersburg gunshot victim dropped off at All Children's Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG — For the second time in three weeks, a shooting victim has been dumped at All Children's Hospital.

On Wednesday, a 15-year-old boy was dropped off at the hospital after being shot several times. The same thing happened Oct. 22 when a 21-year-old man was left at the hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Wednesday's victim, Javonta W. McLaurin, was seriously injured but is expected to survive. The man dropped off last month died.

The incidents have other similarities: Both victims were shot in broad daylight. And both were shot on 11th Avenue S.

Police said McLaurin was shot after what initially appears to be a confrontation between neighborhood gangs.

The victim was sitting in the rear of a stolen vehicle being driven by friends, police said, when it was hit by multiple gunshots. The same vehicle took him to All Children's, 800 Sixth St. S, then took off.

"The victim may have suffered some paralysis in his lower body," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Proffitt.

The shooting took place at 1:36 p.m. in the 3800 block of 11th Avenue S. The shots were reported by numerous witnesses.

Police are seeking the victim's friends and the stolen vehicle, but did not release any information about either late Wednesday.

On Oct. 22, Christopher Lamont Danford, 21, also was dropped off at the hospital after being hit by gunfire.

Bleeding, he stumbled into the hospital lobby and died minutes later as doctors rushed to treat him, police said. That shooting took place on 11th Avenue S near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Timothy L. Johnson, 36, was later arrested on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with that shooting. Police believe Danford tried to rob Johnson.

Jamal Thalji can be reached at or (727) 893-8472.

St. Petersburg gunshot victim dropped off at All Children's Hospital 11/11/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:16pm]
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