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Suspect arrested in St. Pete barbershop shooting

Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 11, 2016
A 20-year-old man has been arrested in a fatal shooting this month outside a St. Petersburg barbershop.
 
Hopeton Johnson is accused of killing Dontavian Lamar Fleming, 31, on April 11, outside the ATL Barbershop, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
 
Johnson was arrested Saturday evening at a home at 2900 24th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. Police said he admitted to taking part in crime, which they say also included a robbery.
 
 
Officers also found a vehicle used in the crime.
 
Fleming was shot about 7:44 p.m. just after he walked out of the barbershop at 2910 18th Ave. S., police said. Many people were apparently in the area at the time, including children.
 
"There are several businesses here. This is a very busy street. We don't even know if it was dark yet, so this was a very bold shooting," Yolanda Fernandez, St. Petersburg police spokeswoman said at the time.
 
Fleming died at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
 
According to jail records Fleming had a lengthy criminal history that included drug and weapon charges.
 

Community members will hold a vigil for Fleming on Sunday evening.

"I'm holding up holding up one day at a time," said barbershop owner Anthony Link.  Hopefully everybody can understand that instead of just losing a loved one hopefully we can come together and help our youth because they are our future."