Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Wesley Chapel man shot and killed in Friday night St. Pete shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Police identified the man who was shot to death Friday evening behind the Twin Brooks apartments in the Childs Park neighborhood.

Joshua Starkey, 35, of 4123 Dylan Thomas Drive in Wesley Chapel was parked in a blue sport-utility vehicle behind the apartment complex, at 4601 22nd Ave S, about 7 p.m., according to St. Petersburg police.

He got into a fight with another man who approached the SUV, during which the second man fired shots at Starkey, police said. The SUV crashed into a concrete wall that surrounds the apartment's parking lot. The shooter then took the vehicle and left Starkey bleeding on the asphalt.

Starkey was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police found the SUV shortly after the shooting, on fire in an alley between two warehouses south of 5th Ave S just west of 26th Street.

Investigators said they do not have a suspect.

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