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Fistfight escalates; teen shot 3 times

A teen was shot three times at a busy intersection Friday afternoon after getting into a fight with a man with whom he had a grudge, police said.

Rondereko Watson, 18, was in stable condition at Bayfront Medical Center on Friday night and was expected to survive. Police said Watson was shot once in the back and twice in the legs about 3 p.m. at Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) Street and 22nd Avenue S.

Watson was driving when he noticed a man with whom he held a grudge, said city police spokesman Dan Bates. The two got into a fistfight at an Amoco station at the intersection, where the man pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Watson.

Police said the wounded Watson ran to his home about 150 yards away at 20th Avenue S and a four-block-long side street called Seminole Boulevard. Relatives drove him to the hospital.

Shortly afterward, the unidentified gunman's car drove past Watson's house, and several gunshots were fired. Police don't know who was shooting at whom, but no injuries were reported.

Police got only vague descriptions of the gunman and his vehicle.