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Police: Argument at St. Petersburg Wawa leads to shooting in traffic

ST. PETERSBURG — A fight that started at a convenience store Sunday afternoon led to a shooting at a major traffic intersection that hospitalized a man with possible life-threatening injuries, according to St. Petersburg police.

About 12:45 p.m., Vincent Pontone, 59, and Bryan Stevens, 34, argued at the Wawa at 2465 22nd Ave. N. Stevens threw coffee at Pontone, then pedaled his bicycle east on 22nd Avenue N, police said. Pontone drove his car in the same direction.

The two met again at a traffic light just west of Interstate 275. Stevens went into the median and started another argument with Pontone, police said.

Pontone told police that he was afraid of Stevens after he approached him in an aggressive manner. Pontone pulled out a handgun and fired twice, hitting Stevens in the upper torso with both shots.

Authorities rushed Stevens to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he was in stable condition Sunday evening.

Police said they plan to interview witnesses and Stevens before deciding whether to make an arrest.

Stevens was sentenced to one year's probation in 2006 for resisting an officer during an arrest for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He has also been arrested several other times for petty crimes, including driving with a suspended license.

Police: Argument at St. Petersburg Wawa leads to shooting in traffic 03/19/17 [Last modified: Sunday, March 19, 2017 8:25pm]
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