Brothers arrested in connection with Sunday St. Pete shooting

Darrell Simmons Jr., 31, was in critical condition after the shooting.
The St. Petersburg Police Department has arrested brothers Antonio Ruffin (left) and Eric Ruffin (right) in connection to a Sunday shooting in St. Petersburg. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
The St. Petersburg Police Department has arrested brothers Antonio Ruffin (left) and Eric Ruffin (right) in connection to a Sunday shooting in St. Petersburg. [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Published July 16

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested two brothers in connection with a Sunday afternoon shooting that sent one man to the hospital with critical injuries.

Police said 38-year-old Antonio Ruffin is the man seen on a surveillance video firing several shots in a Food Max parking lot at 1400 18th Ave S.

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Darrell Simmons Jr., 31, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was listed in critical, but stable condition Sunday.

Ruffin and his brother, 36-year-old Eric Ruffin, were arrested Monday evening.

Police believe Simmons was arguing with the brothers before the shooting.

Antonio Ruffin was charged with attempted murder. He is being held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Eric Ruffin was charged with principal to attempted murder and is being held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

According to jail records, Antonio Ruffin has been arrested in Pinellas County more than two dozen times on mostly drug-related charges. Eric Ruffin has three previous arrests, records show.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroaiv@gmail.com. Follow @danuscripts.

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