Man shot near boat ramp in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) –  A man was shot after getting into an altercation with a stranger in St. Pete Wednesday night.

It happened at 10:40 pm near the boat ramp at Bay Vista Park which is in the 7000 block of 4th Street South.

Investigators said Barry Watkins, 59, and his adult son started arguing with Marc Branch, 43.

It’s unclear why they started arguing, but police said Watkins had parked his vehicle and left to use the restroom when Branch approached him.  Branch went to the passenger side door, where Watkin’s son was standing and slammed the door on his son’s leg.  

Watson yelled at Branch to get back, but Branch was unmoved. He aggressively approached Watkins, and Watkins shot him in response.

Branch was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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