ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Police are searching for several suspects involved in a shooting and car crash that happened in broad daylight Sunday. It left one man in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to police, two men in a white Pontiac where stopped at a red light at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and 22nd Street, when another car pulled up next to them and some people inside opened fire. To try to get away, detectives said the victim drove his car through the red light and crashed into another car. The suspects continued to fire shots after the accident.
Police said the suspect car took off from the scene. We're told the shooting victim and his passenger tried to also leave, but the driver collapsed because of his injuries. The other person in his car left. It's unclear if he was hurt.
The car the shooting victim crashed into was driven by Crystal Labrecqe. The mother of two said she did not even know at first what was going on. She later realized she was caught in the middle of a shooting.
"It sounded like fireworks. That's what it sounded like. It just sounded like a continuous, pop pop pop pop," said Labrecqe.
"I can't believe this would happen. It's a Sunday in the middle of the day," she added.
Bullets ended up piercing through the woman's crashed Chrysler. She said, just inches away from her head. A bullet even went through a seat where her son was supposed to have been. Labrecqe considers herself very lucky.
"It could have been a completely different scenario. I just feel really blessed that it wasn't," she said.
But the woman is also angry at those brazen enough to do such damage.
"People are so ignorant there's no reason for the hate and the violence. There's none," said Labrecqe.
St. Petersburg Police said the shooting victim is in stable condition.
They are looking for a 2005 or newer white Infiniti 4-door, with dark tinted windows. Police also have a suspect description - a black man, 5'7", 170 pounds, with dreads. According to police, he goes by the street name 'Rock.'
If you have any information, you're asked to call St. Petersburg Police at 727-893-7780.