Man fatally shot after argument over noise at Gateway Apartments in St. Petersburg

Lonnie Lee charged with second-degree murder

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Petersburg Police say 34-year-old Lonnie Lee shot and killed another man following an argument on Sunday night.

Officers responded around 7:00 p.m. to a call someone had been shot at the Gateway Apartments on Gandy Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they found the victim, William "Porter" Headlee, 25, lying on the ground. He had been shot in his upper body. Police say he died just fifteen minutes after they arrived.

Lee was the one who called 911 to report the shooting. 

"He indicated to us in the phone conversation that he had an argument with somebody and that he had shot him," said Mike Puetz, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department. 

Before the shooting, detectives determined the victim and Lee got into an argument over excessive noise outside of Lee's apartment. According to police, Headlee had been hanging outside drinking when Lee, a local security guard, asked him to quiet down. 

"That started the argument because apparently the victim didn't take too kindly to his request," Puetz said. 

A witness told police Lee punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. When the man attempted to stand up, the witness said Lee shot him.

"It's a terrible waste of life over nothing," said Headlee's former co-worker Bob Pietro.

Pietro worked in retail with Headlee at the Citrus Park Town Center Mall. He said the 25-year-old often spoke of missing his family in Georgia.

"He was willing to learn, willing to listen and had a whole life ahead of him," Pietro said.

Lee was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. He's expected to make his first appearance in court in Tuesday.

 
 
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