CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) – Two suspects are under arrest for opening fire at three occupied buildings in Clearwater including a police substation which was the target, according to Clearwater PD.
It happened shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday. Two houses on Carlton Street and the police substation on N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue were stuck by bullets for a car that was driving by, according to CPD.
The houses were occupied, an officer was inside the police station, but nobody was hurt in the shooting, CPD officers said. Two suspects were arrested in the shoot – Blake Harris, 22, and Moriah Carpenter, 18. They live together in Largo. Harris is a documented gang member, whose group has made recent threats against Clearwater Police and its officers. Officials believe the police substation was the intended target.
“Once again we literally dodged a bullet and no residents, children or officers were hurt,” said Chief Dan Slaughter. “A swift, resolute response to this evil behavior will be our standard response. This will not be tolerated.”
Harris was charged with three counts of shooting into an occupied structure, being a felon in possession of a firearm and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Carpenter drove the car. She was charged with three counts of shooting into an occupied structure, according to CPD.
Officers found a gun at the Largo home which was consistent with the weapon used in the shoot-out.
The suspects were taken to the Pinellas County jail.