St. Petersburg Police identify suspect in fatal shooting in south St. Pete
10:42 AM, Oct 8, 2013
2:14 PM, Oct 8, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
St. Petersburg Police have identified a suspect in the shooting death of Caleb K. Scott, 21, near a BP service station at 2753 5th Avenue South last week.
Police are looking for 20-year-old Damon Danterius Ford. Ford is 5'7" with a slim build. He is clean shaven and wears dreadlocks. Tattoos: "D Ford" left forearm, "Trap" right arm, "Problem" right hand, "Solver" left hand.
A warrant charging Ford with 1st degree murder has been issued and detectives are seeking the public's help in locating him.
Surveillance video from the store shows images of the suspect (scroll down to watch video). In the video, he 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 with information on Ford's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Kenny Miller at 727-214-4536 or the non-emergency number at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.