Former military man arrested in St. Petersburg shooting

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A former military man has been arrested for shooting three people, killing one.

According to reports, Alexander Usher and Mackenzie Galen McConnell were sitting in a car parked in the 4300 block of 7th Avenue when they were approached by Jason Faber. Without any provocation Faber then produced a semi-automatic handgun and began firing multiple rounds into the car.

After shooting at the car Faber got into his own car and fled the area. He was found driving around 11:27 p.m.and when he attempted to drive on to the north bound on-ramp of I-275, one police cruiser struck Faber's car disabling it. As officers ran up to the vehicle, Faber appeared to be trying to reach for a handgun, but he was restrained by officers before he could do so. The handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered from inside the car.

Both Uscher and McConnell suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body. Uscher is in fair condition while McConnell later died from the gunshot wounds. Also, a stray bullet entered the home of David Oard who suffered a minor graze to the head.

Officers later learned from Faber's wife that he served in the military and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Faber was apparently of the belief that individuals residing at a home in the 4300 block of 7th Avenue North, Alexander Usher's residence, were dealing drugs. She did not know why her husband had committed the shooting and there did not appear to be any provocation prior to it taking place.

Neither Faber nor the officers involved in the arrest suffered any physical injuries, but Faber was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared before being brought to the station for an interview with detectives.

Faber will be charged with 1st degree murder, attempted 1st degree murder and other additional charges are pending.


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