Shooting erupted early Thursday on a street crowded with hundreds of people, critically injuring a teen-ager and wounding a 22-year-old man, police said. Police attributed the gunfire to an ongoing feud between rival youths at two housing developments.
Deandre Davis, 16, of 2520 DeSoto Way S was in critical condition Thursday at Bayfront Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head. Police said he was on life-support equipment.
Rubin L. Bryant, 22, of 1644 20th Ave. S, was treated for a leg wound and released.
Police said it was not clear if Davis and Bryant were intended victims of the shooting.
Some 300 to 400 youths had gathered along Fourth Street S about 12:45 a.m. for a grand-opening party at Spencers Gameroom, 1401 Fourth St. S, on the last day of school. Officers were going to the area because of complaints about a crowd, police spokesman Wendell Creager said.
"There were shots fired on both sides of the street," Detective Sgt. Ed Billington said.
Davis was found on the ground in a parking lot on the west side of the street, he said.
Billington said police have suspects in the shooting.
"This one seems to be more gang-related," he said. Police suspect participants in the shootings have been involved in an ongoing dispute between youths in the Bethel Community Heights and Jordan Park housing complexes.
Three men were injured in the cross fire last month when members of the rival groups opened fire near Bethel Heights.
Davis, a quarterback this year at Dixie Hollins High School, had been expected to appear in court today on a charge of violating probation stemming from an arrest on a charge of attempted armed robbery, according to court records. He had pleaded no contest to the armed robbery charge and was sentenced to a year of community control and two years of probation.