St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island shootings may be related

The two shootings are believed to be related, and police are still seeking suspects.

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. -- Law enforcement officials believe two overnight shootings in Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach may be related.

About 11:52 p.m. Friday, Treasure Island police were called to the 10000 block of Gulf Boulevard, where a female Uber driver reported she was picking up a fare when someone in a southbound white sedan with tinted windows fired at her vehicle.

The projectile went through rear driver's side passenger window, shattering it. The driver and passenger were not injured.

While that incident was being investigated, Pinellas County deputies were called to St. Pete Beach, where a man had been shot, and a similar white sedan was involved.

The 51-year-old victim was walking with his cousin northbound on the west side of Gulf Boulevard when they heard what they thought might have been firecrackers. Rather, it was gunfire.

The victim realized he had been shot. He also said he saw a white car, possibly a Chevy Impala, driving by at the time. 

The victim was treated at Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

About an hour later, police got reports of four people in a car similar to the one the victim saw driving with lights off. Deputies say they were told the driver was partially out of the window with what looked like a rifle.

The only description of the driver was that he was a white or Hispanic male.

Treasure Island police say there is a video of the suspect vehicle and released a photo of the car.

If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to call Treasure Island police at (727) 547-4595 or  St. Pete Beach police at (727) 893-7780.

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