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Two men arrested after female gets shot in stomach in unincorporated St. Petersburg

Posted at 4:14 AM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 07:11:27-05

UNINCORPORATED ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —  Pinellas County deputies arrested two men after a fight in which a woman was shot in the stomach in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Deputies received the call Thursday night at about 10:55 p.m. They responded to lot #23 at the Sunshine Mobile Home Park on 28th Street North where they located 20-year-old Erica Platt suffering from a gunshot wound to her stomach.

Platt was transported to a Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with non-life threatening injuries. She is currently in stable condition.

Through the course of the investigation, witnesses told deputies the incident started when 21-year-old Brandon Tartaglia started a physical altercation with 17-year-old Tyler Garcia and 20-year-old Tyson Garcia at lot #21, earlier in the evening.

After the initial altercation, Tartaglia returned to lot #23.

Deputies say Tyler Garcia, Tyson Garcia, and an unidentified black male subject walked over to lot #23 where a second physical altercation took place outside the residence. Witnesses told deputies Tyson Garcia took out a handgun and shot Platt who was standing in the doorway of the residence watching the fight.

Tyson Garcia then fled the scene with the handgun.

Through various investigative techniques, deputies were able to locate Tyson Garcia and take him into custody without incident. The handgun was not recovered.

Tyson Garcia was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Tartaglia was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with one count of battery for striking Tyler Garcia during the altercation.

Tyler Garcia sustained a minor injury and refused medical treatment. 

Deputies say it's still unclear what started the altercation.

The investigation continues.