2 people shot at St.

Pete hotel

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) St. Pete Police are investigating a shooting following a hotel party early Sunday morning. It happened at 12:30 a.m. at the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2171 54th Ave. North.

Police say a group of people from the Tampa Bay area rented a room at the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn for a birthday party Saturday night. Several poeple showed up at the party who were not invited, and a fight broke out. A few people fired multiple shots. Police say 19-year-old Octavius David Brown was shot in the upper body and 17-year-old Demetrius Crawford was shot in the hand.

Brown is in critical, but stable condition at Bayfront Medical Center, according to a police spokesperson, and Crawford is being treated for his injury at Northside Hospital. Right now, the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn staff is trying to assist the other guests at the hotel where police say most remained undisturbed by the incident.

I was just lying in bed, not sleeping yet and didn t hear any party noise, but then heard four pops. At first, I thought it was firecrackers, but they weren t spaced like firecrackers would be spaced. I was pretty sure it was a shooting, said hotel guest Mike Vandermeulen, visiting from Virginia. There are no suspects at this point, as police say they are following up on leads and interviewing witnesses.

The hotel staff is shocked, obviously, about the situation and are trying to assist their guests to the best of their abilities, said Sgt.

Candace Marklin of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Hotel guests tell News Channel 8 they have been offered a free night s stay for this entire ordeal. Stay with WFLA for more on this developing story.


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