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Man shot in Largo after aggressive confrontation with motorcyclist, police say

Posted at 1:46 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 13:46:49-04

LARGO, Fla. — The Largo Police Department says a man is in serious condition after he was shot three times on Thursday night.

Police say the man was angry and intoxicated when he confronted a 21-year-old motorcyclist in the 600 block of 16th Street around 9:50 p.m.

The man was yelling and waving his arms, but the motorcyclist couldn't hear what he was saying because he was wearing a full-faced helmet, according to police. The man then became aggressive and punched the motorcyclist in the face through the open visor of his helmet.

The motorcyclist fell over and was briefly stuck under his motorcycle. Police say at that time, the man came around the motorcycle. The motorcyclist got up and backed away, fearing he would be attacked again, police say.

The motorcyclist warned the man that he had a gun on him and asked him to stop advancing on him. The man moved his hand under his vest at his waistline and made a movement toward the motorcyclist, according to police.

The motorcyclist fired his gun three times, hitting the man in each arm and in the chest. Witnesses say the motorcyclist told the man multiple time he didn't want to shoot him.

Police say the man was wearing a belt sheath for a six-inch fixed blade knife, which was found on the ground at the scene. The motorcyclist told police he didn't see the knife.

The man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he is in serious condition. Authorities say the investigation is active and no one is in custody at this time.

The motorcyclist was cooperative with detectives. His name and the name of the other man are not being released at this time. Police say they are working to determine the victim status of both men involved.

According to police, the motorcyclist had the gun on him legally.