St. Petersburg Police say a verbal argument turned physical early Friday morning when Caleb K. Scott, 21, was shot and killed near a BP service station at 2753 5th Avenue South.
Surveillance video from the store shows images of a possible suspect. A thin black male in his late teens to early twenties, is seen in the video wearing a white tank top, black hat with white writing on the front and black pants. He appears to be accompanied by a black female wearing a pinkish-colored dress (scroll down to watch video).
In the video, the suspect opens the door to the BP Station, but stops and turns towards the victim (wearing a white horizontal striped shirt) as he approaches from behind. It appears that they exchange words as Scott walks past the suspect and into the store.
It's not clear whether the victim and suspect were acquainted with each other prior to this incident.
While standing in the doorway, Scott turns back to face the suspect and they continue to exchange words at which point the suspect produced a handgun and shot Scott multiple times in the chest.
Police are not releasing the full video, which does depict the actual shooting, but it did take place right at the front door just at the moment the released version of the video ends.
After the shooting, the suspect and the accompanying female fled the area on foot. At no point are they seen arriving in or leaving in a car, so they may reside or have acquaintances in the nearby neighborhood.
In the processes of fleeing the area, the suspect did drop his hat, which has been recovered by detectives.
Aside from the man seen in the video wearing the green outfit standing near the counter and the store clerk, detectives are also interested in identifying various individuals seen in and outside the store at the time of the shooting, who did not remain on scene to be questioned by responding officers.
Anyone who can identify the suspect, the female accompanying him or any other individual seen in the video, is asked to contact Detective Kenny Miller at 727-214-4536 or the St. Petersburg Police non-emergency number at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.