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St. Petersburg man shot in drug-related incident, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A young man was shot Thursday night in what police are calling a drug-related incident.

Robert Michael Law, 18, of St. Petersburg, showed up at about 9:30 p.m. to a local hospital with a bullet wound to his shoulder, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Law told police he and a friend were driving through the Citrus Grove Apartments at Seventh Avenue S and 16th Street when heard shots and felt a sting in his shoulder.

The complex, which has been associated with several high-profile crimes in the city, is notorious to law enforcement.

Law claimed he didn't know who shot him, Puetz said.

"He said he does not have any enemies and does not sell or buy drugs," Puetz said.

His passenger and other witnesses at the complex told a different story. They said Law was there to buy drugs and was shot when the deal went bad.

Puetz said when officers confronted Law about inconsistencies with his story, he repeatedly said, "Man, I've been shot bro. I told you everything I wanted to say."

Police are still investigating.

St. Petersburg man shot in drug-related incident, police say 10/26/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 5:15pm]
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