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Drug deal was underway when two men in car were shot in Clearwater

Someone outside the car fired through the windshield. One victim was in stable condition and the other was treated and released from a hospital.
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Published Jan. 24
Updated Jan. 24

CLEARWATER — Two men wounded by gunfire Saturday evening were shot while conducting a drug deal inside a car, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

Someone outside the car at Fairmont Street and Rollin Avenue approached just after 7 p.m. and fired through the windshield, police said.

Derriontae Ward, 19, was shot in the chest, staggered out of the car and was found in the 1300 block of Parkwood Street, police said. Jhakoric Lofton, 22, fired his own gun and left the scene in his car, police said.

Ward was in stable condition Sunday at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg. He was arrested there on grand theft auto and burglary charges unrelated to the shootings. Lofton was treated and released from the hospital.

The case remains under investigation.