ST. PETERSBURG - One of the two suspected shooters in Sunday's drive-by shooting in St. Petersburg is now in police custody, and investigators didn't have to go very far to find him.
Undercover officers arrested Rashawn Summers Monday morning as he left the Pinellas County Courthouse. Summers was there for a standard pre-trial hearing for driving on a revoked license -- a felony since he's done it before.
As he walked out, officers caught him by surprise, chased him down and arrested him.
"Fortunately we were able to get one individual in custody, one person we believe probably fired at our victims vehicle with an assault rifle. We believe he fired about eight times," said Mike Puetz, Spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Police say Summers is one of the two shooters that unleashed more than a dozen rounds at a car driven by Julius Simmons.
Simmons was hit at least four times but is expected to survive. Some of the other rounds hit an innocent bystander's car and windows of a nearby bank.
Some witnesses are still paralyzed with fear.
"It sounded like 'pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,' like someone setting off a pile of firecrackers," said one witness who didn't want to be identified. "As I realized they were shooting, I just froze and I'm thinking, I just started screaming, 'am I shot? Am I hit? Am I hit?'"
A second shooter and two other men in the get away car are still on the run.
Police won't release the motive in the case, but have confirmed the men started shooting at the white target car in another location a few miles away.
"We still need to locate witnesses, we still need to locate suspects and for that reason a lot of the details that our detectives are gathering about the circumstances surrounding the shooting we're not going to release just yet," Puetz said.
Even police admit, they're surprised none of the more than a dozen rounds killed anyone.
Though some of the innocent bystanders will have a few more sleepless nights.
"We were blessed," the witness said. "I wouldn't call it luck. We were blessed."
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