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Pinellas deputies seek gunman in fatal shooting in Lealman

A fatally wounded man was found inside a car that crashed into a fence, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
A man was found shot inside a car on Sunday near the intersection of 45th Avenue North and 39th Street, deputies said.
A man was found shot inside a car on Sunday near the intersection of 45th Avenue North and 39th Street, deputies said. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Mar. 16
Updated Mar. 16

LEALMAN — Deputies are searching for the gunman who fatally shot a 29-year-old man on Sunday.

Pinellas deputies responded about 8 p.m. to a report of a shooting at a home near the intersection of 45th Avenue N and 39th Street N, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

There, deputies said they found a man with at least one gunshot wound inside a black car that had crashed into a fence. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police identified him as Clifford Coston III.

The gunman was described as a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and was last seen running west on 45th Avenue N.

The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information about this incident to call Detective Blumberg at 727-582-6779 or send an email to cblumberg@pcsonet.com. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, submit a tip through Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay by calling 1-800-873-8477 or send it online via crimestoppersofpinellas.org.