ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Authorities are after Jamaal Jenkins. He's 25 years old, but already has 13 arrests on his record. He has been locked up a couple different times, and investigators say he has told people he's not going back to prison.
The sheriff of Pinellas County and chief of police in St. Petersburg got together Tuesday afternoon to ask for your help in catching him. They say he shot two people in what may be a love triangle.
"So what we've got is a very dangerous guy who has an extensive criminal history, who in the last week has shot two people in the head," said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
Jenkins' criminal history includes 27 different charges on everything from burglary to battery to child abuse and drugs.
Now he's wanted for first degree murder -- and attempted first degree murder.
Investigators say while he was in jail, the man's girlfriend, Desynee Burkes, starting seeing another man, Tieyannie Hollis. That led to Jenkins shooting Burkes last week at the La Quinta Inn on 34th Street North.
Her little sister, Mariah Holland, said she was a nursing student with a promising future. "She's a real good person who didn't deserve anything like that to happen."
On Monday, a week after Burke's murder, Hollis was shot outside Mariner's Pointe Apartments. Investigators say he is in very serious condition and likely won't survive. Authorities say Jenkins is the shooter in this case too.
They say because he's made statements about not going back to prison. They don't know his capabilities. "(We are) very concerned about the officers and deputies that are going to have to take him into custody," said Gualtieri. "That's why we need the public's help. We need information, and we need people to come forward, because this is a guy who is significantly effecting public safety in St. Pete and Pinellas County."
Jenkins may be driving a 2012 silver Chrysler 200.
The man does have family in the area, and while they have talked with investigators, the sheriff says they can do better in helping bring him in.
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