Saturday, February 24, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg shooting leaves one man dead, another wounded

ST. PETERSBURG — One man is dead and another wounded after a Thursday morning shooting in Bartlett Park, according to St. Petersburg police.

Officers said they found Adrian Lee Wilson, 38, wounded and lying in the road, a few feet from a bike, near 720 16th Ave. S. About 70 yards away, in an alley behind 731 Paris Ave. S, officers found 24-year-old Frankie Camacho dead.

Police received a report of gunshots at 10:24 a.m. Detectives believe both men were involved in the shooting, but did not release any other details.

Wilson, who was hospitalized, faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Records show he has a long criminal record and served a 10-year prison sentence for a Hillsborough County robbery. Police did not disclose his medical condition.

Records show Camacho was arrested on a charge of trafficking cocaine in Palmetto in April 2015 when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled him over and found 1.6 pounds of cocaine under the hood of his car. The charge was later dropped, but records don't say why.

Resident Raymond Peterson said he saw parts of the shooting unfold from his driveway while he was prepping to do yard work. He heard seven loud shots. Then, one quiet one.

He said he could tell they were coming from behind his house, so he raced to his back yard to get his Lab and pit bull mix, King. When he walked back toward the front of his driveway, he saw a man fall into the street from his bike.

"This was a quiet, beautiful day," he said. "Then it was scary."

Peterson has lived in his bright green home on the street since 1978. Most of his neighbors are elderly and he looks after them. The yard he was preparing to take care of that morning belongs to his 82-year-old next-door neighbor.

"This isn't the kind of thing you expect to see at 10 a.m.," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Rick Shaw. "This is more of an after midnight, evening thing."

Peterson leaned against the bed of his white pickup truck as investigators looked at the clothes, shoes and bike strewn on the street.

His neighbor's lawn still needed care, but Peterson said he'd wait a while to get back to it. "Maybe in the afternoon," he said.

Times senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] or (727) 893-8862. Follow @sara_dinatale.

 
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