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Two women cling to life after man shoots them for 'talking trash,' Largo police say

LARGO — A 39-year-old man said he was sitting outside his apartment Tuesday night when two women approached and "began talking trash," so he pulled a 9mm handgun from his waistband and shot them, according to Largo police.

Kenneth James Prince, of the Whispering Palms Apartments at 601 16th Ave. SE, now faces charges of attempted first-degree murder in the Tuesday night shootings, according to the affidavit filed by Largo police investigators.

One victim, Marguerite Williams, was shot in the head, and the other, Chantel Johnson, was hit in the neck. Both received life threatening injuries, Largo police said in a news release. Williams was on life support at a local hospital, according to the affidavit.

Prince told police he did not know the women but had been threatened two days earlier by a neighbor upstairs, according to the affidavit. At the time of the shootings, the women were walking to their apartment, located above Prince's, the affidavit said.

Afterward, Prince chased Johnson across the parking lot of the apartment complex and fired a shot into a passing car, according to another arrest affidavit.

The driver of the car, who was delivering food, said the woman was holding her neck.

Prince told police he fired at the car because he was protecting himself and it didn't belong on the property, according to the affidavit. He admitted the driver never exited the car or spoke to him, according to the affidavit.

Prince faces a third charge of attempted first-degree murder for shooting into the car, the affidavit said.