ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Early Wednesday morning, there was a buzz of activity out back of the Hiro Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant as bullets flew and baseball bats bashed windshields in the employee parking area behind this 4th Street Strip Mall.
But the time cops got here to try and unravel the situation, two people were shot in an altercation that appears have started between two feuding groups of kids between the ages of 18 and maybe 25.
"The 18 year-old female did suffer a graze wound to the head," said St. Petersburg Police Spokesman Mike Puetz. "The other man -- the 20 year-old -- suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. Both have been treated and released."
No names are being released as of yet in connection with that shooting, but investigators are working on a vague description of the shooter. As the sun came up, detectives began their further questioning, trying to stitch together a reason things escalated to this -- after a minor squabble was reported at the restaurant Monday night.
"Well, I think that's what we're trying to see… whether this is an organized gang or not involved in this," said Puetz. "At this point, I don't think we've gotten the names of any gang names or anything like that. Obviously, we have to look at the association of the people involved… some of the witnesses. Talk to them a little further and figure out exactly whether this was an organized issue or just people that were upset over some sort of minor beef."
There was one arrest just as officers arrived on the scene shortly after midnight. 19-year-old Aron T. Headley was arrested and charged with two counts of felony criminal mischief after allegedly taking a bat to the windshield of a couple of cars. Whether that happened before or after the shot is still part of the investigation.