CLEARWATER, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Clearwater Police say there are still unanswered questions on the shootings investigations at Clearwater Beach that left two people shot and four arrested in connection to Monday nights gunfire. Police said there were three different shooting incidents that night.
Police identified the following suspects Tuesday:
1. Jerry Lee Holmes Jr, 31, charges: shooting into an occupied structure
2. Terrance Antonio Kirnes, 20, charges: resisting an officer without violence
3. Jeffrey James Grier, 20, charges: felon in possession of ammunition
felon in possession of a firearm
possession of drug paraphernalia
violation of probation (possession of cocaine)
violation of probation (carry concealed firearm/armed trespass)
violation of probation (burglary)
4. Jared Kashon Woodard, 19, charges: possession of marijuana
improper exhibition of dangerous weapon
Police say no suspect has been identified in the S. Gulfview shooting incident where Devonte Saunders was shot in the groin area, who is still in the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police say this incident appears to be unrelated to the shootings at Coronado and Second Street.
Police say they are still trying to establish the motives as detectives comb through information and collaborate with other law enforcement agencies.
Authorities say they have not ruled in or out that it is gang related and are trying to figure out if there is some other personal conflict motive as opposed to a rival gang type motive.
At this point, police say all indications are that the two conflicts - the one at the two parking lots and the one at 351 South Gulfview - are unrelated.
Police say there are two people they are still trying to identify and are also trying to identify the person possibly shot in the hand. They also say they’re trying to identify the other party that shot from the Hyatt parking garage. They do not have identifiable names, but police say officers are working with Tampa PD, looking at video, and doing some investigative work to identify those people.
Because of the situation at the beach, police say PCSO, Largo PD, and FWC provided additional resources to assist with managing the traffic closure, calls for service that were not related to the incident, and increased presence at the beach.
Police say it took three, 4-man teams of SWAT personnel were assigned to conduct deep clear of the Hyatt to make sure the suspects that were shooting from the parking garage were not still in the building. Police say the staff and management of the Hyatt were exceptional to work with during this very chaotic time.
Police say although it doesn’t appear this kind of scene will carry on into the future at the beach, there will be an increased level of resources there during the coming weekends.
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