Police identify woman shot, killed after leaving orchestra practice in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – Police are trying to figure out who shot and killed a trombone player after she left an orchestra practice session at the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra on Monday night. 

Caroline Morton-Hicks, 59, of St. Petersburg, was found shot in the street in the 5100 block of 78th Avenue at 9:55 p.m.

Detectives say Morton-Hicks attended a practice session with the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center earlier in the evening.

After leaving the practice session, she was involved in an argument with an unknown person in the parking lot between the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center and Pinellas Park City Hall.

Detectives say the she was chased by the shooter and was shot in the street. Morton-Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra website lists Morton-Hicks as a member of the orchestra who played trombone.

Mike Ellis is a retired chiropractor in St. Petersburg who plays in the Second Time Arounders Band, a band Morton-Hicks also played in.

“She was a very energetic, loving life kind of person and I’m not aware of anyone who didn’t like her,” Ellis said. “Hopefully find the person responsible and bring them to justice.”

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