ST. PETE BEACH — A Dallas man walking down Gulf Boulevard was wounded early Saturday in a drive-by shooting, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
That shooting may be connected to a drive-by shooting in Treasure Island that damaged an Uber driver's car window, police said Saturday afternoon.
Pinellas deputies are now investigating reports of a white Chevy Impala driving around the popular tourist spot, possibly with a rifle out the window and no headlights on.
Kurt Alan Lang, 51, told deputies he was walking with his cousin on the sidewalk near the Beachcomber Resort at 6200 Gulf Blvd. just after midnight when he heard what sounded like firecrackers.
Then he grabbed his chest, realizing he had just been shot. He rushed to the nearby resort to dial 911. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with non-life-threatening injuries.
Lang told deputies he saw a white vehicle during the shooting. An hour later, deputies got a report of a white Chevy Impala with four occupants and a man hanging out the window with what appeared to be a rifle. Deputies said that Lang's injuries are consistent with a lower-caliber round.
The Sheriff's Office said Saturday morning it was working to identify the car and suspects.
Less than 30 minutes before the St. Pete Beach shooting, Treasure Island police received a report from an Uber driver in the 10000 block of Gulf Boulevard. The driver told police she was picking up a passenger when someone in a white sedan with dark window tint heading south threw something at her car, shattering a passenger window, police said. The driver and passenger weren't injured.
Police determined the damage was caused by the discharge of a firearm. "It appears the St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island incidents may be related," Treasure Island police said on its Facebook page. Treasure Island police ask anyone with information to call the department at (727)547-4595.