Man charged with attempted murder after botched gun sale to teen

*****UPDATED, March 15, 2017, 11:42 p.m.*****

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- A Pinellas Park man was arrested after shooting a 17-year-old victim during an botched gun sale at a McDonald's parking lot at 517 Park Boulevard on Tuesday night.

Ryan Marcus Cardwell, 20, turned himself in to Pinellas Park Police and admitted his role in the incident, according to a release.

Police said that Cardwell arranged the gun sale to the victim, who was not identified. During the transaction, the sale fell through and the teen victim attempted to rob Cardwell of his wallet and returned to his vehicle.

PPPD said that Cardwell left his vehicle and fired his handgun twice into the other vehicle occupied by the teen and three other teenage individuals. The victim was struck in the face and the leg.

After being shot, the teen attempted to drive away. The vehicle ended up a block away from the McDonald's at the 7700 block of 52nd Street. The victim and two others fled on foot but were located a short time later.

The victim was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

Cardwell is being held at the Pinellas County Jail and is facing charges of attempted homicide and shooting into an occupied vehicle.


PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- A 17-year-old male was shot while sitting in a vehicle in a McDonald's parking lot in Pinellas Park on Tuesday night.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. at the parking lot located at 5170 Park Boulevard.

Pinellas Park Police Department said that the victim was abandoned along with the vehicle in which he was shot a block north away from where the shooting took place.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting or information about potential suspect or suspects in this incident. They also said the shooting appears to be isolated and involving the teen and the other people in the car.

Stay with 10News for more from this developing story.

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