ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Police have identified one of the victims of the fatal shooting that happened Saturday evening in St. Petersburg.
The shooting, which involved two 17-year-old male victims, occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of 3rd Avenue South. Both teens were transported to the hospital, where Jaquez Eugene Jackson, 17, later died as a result of his wounds. The second victim, who has not been named due to an ongoing investigation, is in stable condition and does not appear to have life-threatening wounds.
The shooting is still under investigation, but police believe the two teens were passengers in a car when a second vehicle pulled up next to them and opened fire. The teens were then dropped off in an alley behind 4130 3rd Ave. South. The car that they were in at the time of the shooting was later recovered at a different location. A motive for the crime is still under investigation.
This is the latest in a string of shootings involving teen victims. Over a week ago, two other 17-year-olds were murdered in separate shooting incidents.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman hosted an anti-gun violence march after the shootings. He was joined by dozens of citizens and community leaders. And, while a majority of the community is crying for the violence to end, police department spokesman Mike Puetz believes a handful of teens live in a different world.
“These are kids. Like I say in any other world they would be going to high school proms, hanging out with their friends, playing video games and doing things we think of kids doing,” Puetz said. “But for a few sets of kids, going out, stealing cars, getting involved in crime, carrying guns, using guns, this is a lifestyle for them.”
The recent violence has some parents questioning whether it’s safe to let their children go outside to play. Mario Roach is one of them.
“Nowadays, it’s like you don’t want to let them go outside. You want to see your kids do outside activities, but you feel like it’s not safe for them to go outside and do outside activities,” Roach said.
This is a developing story. Stay with WFLA for more information.