2 teens shot at party in St. Pete hotel room

Posted at 8:13 AM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 00:08:59-05

A party at a hotel in St. Petersburg ended abruptly early Sunday when shots rang out and two men were hit, authorities said.

A birthday party was under way at the Holiday Inn Express, 2171 54th Ave. North in St. Pete about 12:30 a.m.

An argument occurred then shots were fired, St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said in a news release. A Tampa man and teenager were shot.

Octavius David Brown, 19, was shot in the upper body and is in critical condition at Bayfront Health hospital, the release said. Demetrius Crawford, 17, was shot in the hand and is being treated for his injury at Northside Hospital.

Police are working to arrest a suspect, the release said.,+St.+Petersburg,+FL+33714/@27.8223105,-82.6646913,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88c2e3f63727eab7:0x17e36c9c91f72789