Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg man dies from gunshot in Tampa home invasion

TAMPA — A day that began in celebration ended tragically for a St. Petersburg man who was fatally shot Wednesday during a home invasion robbery in Palmetto Beach.

William Richard Wood, who turned 50 Tuesday, died at Tampa General Hospital Wednesday evening, Tampa police said.

Wood's estranged wife said he had spent Tuesday night partying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino but came home after losing a couple hundred dollars.

"Being from the Cayman Islands, he wasn't street smart," Sandy Wood said. "But he had a big heart."

He decided to continue partying, she said, so he had a friend pick him up in St. Petersburg and take him back to Tampa.

Wood's roommate last talked with him at 11 a.m. Wednesday, when he said he didn't need a ride back to St. Petersburg.

Less than four hours later, two men knocked on the door to 65-year-old Arthur Leroy Scott's apartment at 2401 Gordon St. and stuck a gun in his face when he answered, police said.

One of the robbers walked into a back bedroom, shot Wood, stole some items and then left, police said.

Witnesses told police the suspects ran west on N 24th Street.

Sandy Wood, 50, who works in the financial industry, said she and her husband have been separated for months but still live on the same block of 10th Street N in St. Petersburg, a quiet, middle class neighborhood with ranch-style homes.

Her husband was originally from the Cayman Islands and his wealthy parents own the property he lived in, she said. He had found success as a bar and grill owner in his home country, but didn't work while in Florida.

Friends had cautioned Wood about flashing his cash when he went out, especially to places like the casino, Sandy Wood said.

She said Wood's roommate had been trying to reach him since the 11 a.m. conversation, but got the news of his death Wednesday night.

Scott was not shot during the robbery, police said. It was unclear Wednesday if Scott was the friend that Sandy Wood said came to pick up her husband. Scott could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with information can call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130 or CrimeStoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Robbyn Mitchell can be reached at (813) 226-3373 or rmitchell@sptimes.com.

St. Petersburg man dies from gunshot in Tampa home invasion 04/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:18am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tom Sawyer with a revolver? Twain house has live 'Clue' game

    Attractions

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Was it Tom Sawyer in Samuel Clemens' billiard room with a revolver?

    In this July 14 photo, actor Dan Russell, left, portraying the character Arkansas from Mark Twain's book Roughing it, responds to a question from 10-year-old Emma Connell, center, of Arizona during a "Clue" tour at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn. The tour allows visitors to interact with Twain characters while playing a live-action version of the board game. [AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb]
  2. East Tampa store owner who survived one shooting is targeted again with fatal results (w/video)

    Crime

    TAMPA — In the 2011 video, Mahamoud Ibrahim stands behind the counter of his tiny East Tampa convenience store, his back to the surveillance camera meant to discourage thieves.

    A memorial has sprouted in front of the 29th Street Store in East Tampa, where a robber fatally shot owner Mohamoud Ibrahim on July 16. Security experts say small mom-and-pop stores in high crime areas are easy targets for robberies and typically don't have the budgets for extra security measures. [TONY MARRERO/Times Staff]
  3. Pinellas superintendent, School Board pen letter to legislative delegation for help against 'unjust' funds for charter schools

    Blogs

    Because of a recent change in state law, the Pinellas County school district will have to shell out $25 million over five years  -- more funding per student than any other large district in the state -- for charter school construction and maintenance projects, and district officials …

    Pinellas County School Board Superintendent Michael Grego during a School Board meeting on August 25, 2015 at the School Administration Building, 301 Fourth Street SW in Largo.
  4. AARP still waiting for the two Ricks to send voter education videos

    Blogs

    AARP Florida wants to educate St. Petersburg residents on Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker’s views on how to make the Sunshine City more livable.

    It's been a frenetic St. Pete mayor's race so far. Maybe that's the reason AARP hasn't received voter education videos from the campaigns
  5. Photos: Kehlani packs fans into a sold-out Orpheum in Tampa

    Blogs

    R&B singer Kehlani had to postpone a spring show in Tampa due to illness, but it seemed she was no worse for the wear on Thursday, when her make-up show sold out the Orpheum well in advance. Ella Mai and Jahkoy opened the show. Aubrey Wipfli was there snapping photos; click the headline …

    Kehlani performed at the Orpheum in Tampa on July 20, 2017.