PINELLAS PARK – Pinellas Park police announced Jan. 2 that a man who shot his mother’s finance and then himself died at 1:22 p.m. after his family decided to remove him from life support.
According to a report from Pinellas Park police, on Jan. 1, shortly after 9:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Town Place Suites, 13200 49th Street N. in Pinellas Park. Upon arrival, officers found two male subjects suffering from gunshot wounds to the head.
Public Information Officer Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said the investigation of the incident had revealed that Anthony McClaney, 29, and his grandmother, mother and mother’s fiance were staying in the same room at the Town Place Suites after they were displaced from their Largo home due to a fire.
At some point before the shooting McClaney walked into the bathroom and his mother called out and asked him what he was doing. A short while later, he exited the bathroom and walked into the room where his mother was reading a book and her fiancé, Mitchell Arnold, 48, was watching television.
Without a word, McClaney produced a .38 revolver and shot Arnold one time in the face, the report said. McClaney then turned to his mother and, while holding the revolver to his head said, “I am going to meet Jesus Mama, and shot himself in the head.
Officers arrived and secured the scene while the Pinellas Park Fire Department rendered aid to the two subjects.
Arnold was pronounced dead at the scene and McClaney was transported to Bayfront Hospital with life-threatening injuries.