PINELLAS PARK – Just after 10 a.m. Thursday, Pinellas Park police responded to reports of a man shot in the 7000 block of 52nd Street North in Pinellas Park.
When officers arrived on scene, they found a white male in his 70s suffering from a gunshot wound to his left arm. Medical personnel responded and transported the man to an area hospital.
Police notified officials at the Pinellas County School District and a lockdown was ordered at Richard L. Sanders and Pinellas Park Elementary schools. The lockdown was lifted just after noon.
According to the police report, the victim was performing maintenance on a vacant home that the homeowner was preparing to rent. The victim was standing in yard on the side of the house when a black man approached him, talking on a cellphone.
The man “was able to talk his way into seeing the inside of the home,” the report said. “Once inside, and alone with the victim, the subject produced a handgun and demanded money.”
When the victim turned to flee, the suspect opened fire.
Multiple units from the Pinellas Park Police Department assisted in this investigation. K-9 units worked the area for more than an hour. At 11:58 a.m., the active search ended; however, the investigation remains active.
The victim is in stable condition at an area hospital.
The suspect is described as a black male in his early to mid-20s, about 5 foot 8 inches, 160 pounds with short hair. He was wearing dark clothing.
Police said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information that may identify this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). Report anonymously online at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org, text “TIP144 plus your tip” to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new “TipSubmit Mobile” application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.) If your tip leads to his arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.