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UPDATE: Birthday Party Shooting Leaves Four Teens Injured, One Critically

Shots fired in the air and at an occupied vehicle during a party on 3rd Avenue South strike four people, leaving one teen in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m. - The St. Petersburg Police Department has released more details regarding last night's shooting that left four teens injured, one critically.

According to the police report, at approximately 10:30 p.m. last night a birthday celebration was occurring at the residence located at 3743 3rd Ave. S., which attracted approximately one hundred and fifty attendees to the block.

Officers in an adjacent neighborhood heard gunshots and arrived at the scene prior to being dispatched.

While on scene, officers attempted to disperse the large crowd that had gathered and located multiple shell casings from various caliber handguns. No one at the party claimed that anyone had been shot at that time, according to the report.

While on scene, officers were notified that multiple gunshot wound victims had
arrived at Bayfront Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

Four victims were subsequently identified - a 12-year-old male, a 13-year-old
female and two 15-year-old males, all of whom had been present at the scene of the shooting.

According to the report, one of the 15-year-old males was listed in critical but stable condition. The other victims suffered various wounds, none of which are considered life-threatening at this time.

Preliminary information indicates that while the party was in progress, a white vehicle drove by, and at least one of occupants produced a handgun which he fired into the air. In response, someone at the party fired back towards the white vehicle, striking two occupants, which were determined to be the two 15- year-old males that later showed up at the hospital.

The 12-year-old male and 13-year-old female who were wounded were attending the party; it's unclear at this time if they were hit by gunfire emanating from the white car or someone else at the party.

The names of the victims are being withheld at this time.

According to the police report, detectives are still attempting to identify the various shooters involved. It is suspected that shooting may have been prompted by an ongoing rivalry between two neighborhood groups. The investigation is ongoing.

Correction: The address where the party and shooting took place was 3634 3rd Ave South not 3743 3 Ave S as stated in the previous release. 

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A birthday party got out of hand Saturday night as shots fired into the air and at a vehicle left four people injured, one critically.

St. Petersburg Police responded to a shots fired call in the 3600 block of 3rd Avenue South at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

According to the police report, officers located several shell casings but no victims upon arriving at the scene.

While officers were investigating the call, two victims showed up at Bayfront Hospital and two victims arrived at All Children's Hospital.

Further investigation revealed two subjects in a white, newer model vehicle were shooting a gun into the air outside a birthday party at the location of the call, after which a person at the party shot several rounds at the white vehicle, striking two occupants.

According to the report, one of the occupants of the vehicle received life-threatening injuries and is in critical but stable condition at Bayfront Hospital.

Two bystanders were struck at the party and received non life-threatening injuries.

Police say no suspects have been identified in the shootings, which is being classified as attempted 2nd degree murder.

Really? April 28, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Another south side shooting , more people are worried whether or not they will get rental bikes downtown than are worried about the crime and shootings that happen weekly , yet even more are interested in revamping the south side ,you would be better served by hiring more police to enforce the "WILD WEST ATMOSPHERE" of the south side !

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