St. Pete Police investigating fatal shooting of teen

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – The search is on tonight for whoever shot and killed Jerrod Evans, 18, in a drive-by shooting.

That shooting happened at around 6:40 pm Sunday night when officers heard gunshots around the area and then received a 911 call that a person had been shot.

Police say Evans was hit once in the torso after arguing with a group of people near Johnie’s Food Mart at 1404 16th Street South.

Evans was transported to Bayfront Medical Center soon after the shooting and a short time later was pronounced dead.

Early this morning, police arrested Darzaughn Williams, 18, for allegedly driving the car from where the shots were fired.

So what led up to the shooting?  Police say Williams and his friends had a fight with Evans and his friends.

Police believe the two knew each other.  Right now, though, they’re not sure of the extent of their relationship.

Williams made his first appearance before a judge this afternoon and earlier police say admitted to being the driver.

The judge held him on $100,000 bail and ordered him not to have any contact with the shooter.

Neighbors, where the shooting took place, say they can’t believe this happened in their neighborhood.

Some, like Barbara Murray, can’t believe their street was a crime scene less than 24 hours ago.

“I just heard the four gunshots and I said, what is that?  What is that?  And then the police came,” said Murray.

“It’s the top priority right now,” said St. Petersburg Police public information officer Mike Puetz when asked how important it is to get the suspect off the street.

At the same time, neighbors tell News Channel 8 they hope justice will be served.

“I pray that they get the strength,” Barbara Murray said.  “God touch them, too, to give them the strength to through this tragedy.>

 

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