St. Petersburg Police are currently investigating a shooting at a church.

  • Two men engaged in drug transaction at church building
  • One man shot the other while trying to steal drugs
  • The suspected shooter left the scene

Officers responded to a call at 4835 26th Avenue North at 10:57 a.m. on Saturday.

When officers arrived at the Faith Lutheran Church, they found a man in his 30s in a "semi-conscious state."

He was shot twice in his upper body, according to police.

The man was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Hospital with life-threatening injuries. At last check, he underwent surgery and is currently listed in critical condition.

People living nearby said they heard gunshots about 8 a.m. at a building with a sign that read "church office."

According to police, the man who was shot was involved in a drug transaction. Another man displayed a gun and tried to steal drugs from him, police said. The two men struggled and one of them was shot.

The suspect fled the scene in a green vehicle. He has not been identified.