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No arrests in fatal drive-by shooting

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed by a man in a passing car at 11th Avenue NE and Cherry Street early Sunday.

The shooting followed an argument at a small gathering Sunday morning at a house nearby. No arrests had been made as of Sunday night.

St. Petersburg police said Preston Palmer Ferguson had gotten into an argument with a man at the gathering and that the argument got physical.

Several minutes later, as Ferguson was getting ready to get into his car to leave, the passenger in a passing car pointed a handgun out the window and fired several shots.

Ferguson was struck once in the upper torso. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and was conscious for a short time, but he died Sunday afternoon, police said.

St. Petersburg police Detective Gary Gibson said police had not yet determined what the argument was about.

The car was identified only as a small, four-door vehicle, silver or gray, with tinted windows, Gibson said.

In October 1998, Ferguson was charged with shooting and killing a 20-year-old man described as his best friend after an argument over rent at a St. Petersburg apartment.

The shooting was ruled self defense and the charges were dropped.

Police have asked anyone with information about the morning shooting to call Gibson at (727) 893-7512.

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