ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg police are investigating two separate fatal shootings early Tuesday.
- 2 dead in separate St. Pete shootings
- Man, 34, killed in home invasion in first shooting
- Anthony Bridges, 31, arrested, charged in 1st shooting
- Investigations ongoing
The shootings happened within an hour of each other. Authorities have not said if the incidents are related.
Police are not saying if they are connected or just a freak coincidence.
The first shooting happened inside a home on 13th Avenue South around 3 a.m. Officials said a woman called 911 to report her husband had been shot by an intruder.
When police arrived, they found Lorenzo Brunson, 34, suffering from a gunshot wound. He died shortly after police and paramedics arrived.
One member of Brunson's family we spoke to, Joanne Washington, said the news was devastating.
“He was trying to get his life together and it doesn’t make sense that a random person came and shot him,” said Washington, Brunson’s great aunt.
Adding further confusion to the situation is the fact that Brunson, according to family members, had never been married, and the woman who called 911 was not his wife.
They insist there is more to the story and are desperate for answers.
Late Tuesday evening, police arrested Anthony Bridges, 31, and charged him with 1st degree murder in connection with Brunson's death. Investigators said the two men were known to each other and had an argument on August 5. Bridges then allegedly returned to the house and shot Brunson several times in retaliation.
Second shooting blocks away
At 4:42 a.m., as police were investigating Brunson’s shooting, they heard gunfire a few blocks away.
Police then found 39-year-old William Gilbert shot on 10th Avenue South, laying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. Gilbert died a short time later at an area hospital.
Police said they have few answers about either shooting.
"We are out talking to folks and figure out what happened and who was involved," Sandra Bentil with st. Petersburg Police. "Again we are asking anyone if you saw anything, heard anything please give us a call and help us get to the bottom of this."
The incidents came just hours after many local officials, including St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, made a plea to the public to put an end to gun violence.
While it's too late for their family member, Brunson's family said they, too, agree the gun violence needs to end.
“What do they think? Guns is just something to do? It’s really not, it hurts a lot of us,” said Shawntavia Thompson, Brunson’s cousin.
Police right now have not determined the motives in either shooting and so far the shooter or shooters in both cases have not been found.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 727-893-7550. You can also send your anonymous message to us by texting "SPPD" and your tip to TIP-411.