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Pinellas deputies identify man wanted in shooting at Gandy Boulevard strip club

Tony Thongdeng, 29, wanted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting at the 4Play Gentleman's Club in unincorporated St. Petersburg on Sept. 25, 2016. [Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Tony Thongdeng, 29, wanted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting at the 4Play Gentleman's Club in unincorporated St. Petersburg on Sept. 25, 2016. [Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Sept. 27, 2016

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has identified the man wanted in a shooting that took place outside a strip club early Sunday morning.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tony Thongdeng, 29, who is wanted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Thongdeng is accused of shooting Tyler McNett outside of the 4 Play Gentlemen's Lounge at 10387 Gandy Blvd. near St. Petersburg after the two had an argument outside the club around 2:15 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.

McNett, 25, was wounded in the chest and left leg, deputies said. An acquaintance drove him to the WaWa on 3301 Gandy Blvd., which is where deputies found him. He was treated Sunday at a local hospital for what deputies called life-threatening injuries but on Monday he was reported to be in stable condition.

Deputies said video surveillance taken outside the club showed the argument and then Thongdeng pulling out a black revolver and pointing it at McNett.

Thongdeng is considered armed and dangerous by the Sheriff's Office. He was described as an Asian male who is 5-foot-7 tall, weighs about 175 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

He is also wanted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violation of the state's Florida Career Offender Registration Act, under which certain convicted felons must register with the state.

Anyone with information about Thongdeng was asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online to Crime Stoppers.