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Shooting Death Investigation


SPPD Detectives have arrested Anthony Bridges (DOB 10/29/1986) and charged him with 1st Degree Murder in this morning's shooting death of Lorenzo Brunson.
Brunson was shot inside a home at 1036 13th Ave South just before 3:20am.

Bridges and Brunson were known to each other and had an argument yesterday (August 5, 2019).  Investigators believe Bridges returned to the home and shot Brunson several times in retaliation.  The case is still very active and additional charges may be pending.

We encourage anyone with information in either of this morning's shootings to contact the St. Petersburg Police Department by calling the non-emergency line at 727-893-7780 or by sending an anonymous message by texting "SPPD" and a tip to TIP-411.

No additional information will be released tonight.

Report# 2019-034161


Death Investigations

1st Shooting

Around 3:20 this morning, SPPD received a call from a woman who said her husband had been shot while they were sleeping inside a home in the 1000th block of 13th Ave South.  Shortly after police and paramedics arrived Lorenzo Brunson (DOB 11/20/1984) was pronounced dead.

2nd Shooting
Roughly an hour and 20 minutes following the call for the first shooting at 4:42am, we received several calls about shots fired in the 1200 block of 10th Ave South.  Police found William Gilbert (DOB 08/31/1979) suffering from gunshot wounds in the street.  He was transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The investigations into both shootings are underway.  At this time we do not know whether the two cases or connected or coincidentally happened within a short distance and time of each other. 

We are encouraging anyone with information to call our non-emergency line at 727-893-7780 You can also send your anonymous message to us by texting "SPPD" and your tip to TIP-411.