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Police look for suspect, motive in driveway shooting death of Karen Gunther

6:08 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida - Crime scene tape remains around the St. Petersburg home on 5th Ave. S. and so does the unease of neighbors about the murder here.

Karen Gunther, 47, was gunned down outside her own home

"She's a wonderful person and no one deserves that," said Bob Savell, who lives right next door.

Bob and his son Rob heard two shots about 12:45 a.m. and called 911. When they went to investigate, they could hear Gunther moaning, "Oh my God, oh my God I've been shot."

The gate was locked, so Rob hopped the six-foot fence and found Gunther lying beside her car, bleeding profusely.

"I just know she didn't deserve that," said Rob, echoing his father. "It just... it just messes me up thinking about it."

Police say Gunther had been out with a friend and wasn't home long before she was shot. Detectives spent Friday talking with relatives and friends, trying to develop a motive. 

But so far nothing stands out.

"Of course, the other side of this issue is that she may have confronted somebody when she came home that night," said Police spokesman Mike Puetz. "We don't have any indication it's one over the other."

When it comes to crime, Westminster Heights is a pretty quiet neighborhood and residents hope whoever did this is caught.

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