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Man fatally shot after argument at St. Pete gas station

A 21-year-old man was fatally shot early Friday after an argument at the entrance of a St. Petersburg gas station, police said.

Caleb K. Scott and another man were in a verbal dispute about 12:15 a.m. at a BP station, at 2753 Fifth Ave. S., when the other man shot Scott several times in the chest, police said.

Scott, whose last known address was 4320 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg, was transported to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died, police said.

The argument and shooting were recorded on surveillance video reviewed by police detectives.

The video shows the gunman opening the door to the BP station, then turning toward Scott, who was approaching from behind. They appear to exchange words as Scott walks past the other man into the store. Scott then turns to face the other man and they continue to exchange words.

The other man then pulled out a handgun and began shooting, police spokesman Mike Puetz said in a news release.

After the shooting, the gunman and a female fled on foot, although the man dropped his hat while leaving, Puetz said.

“At no point are they seen arriving in or leaving in a car, so they may reside or have acquaintances in the nearby neighborhood,” Puetz.

The suspect was described by police as black with a thin build, in his late teens to early 20s, and wearing a white tank top, black pants and a black hat with white writing on the front. the woman was wearing a pinkish colored dress.

The motive was unclear and it's not clear whether the men knew each other, police said.

Detectives hope to identify and question others in and near the store at the time of the shooting who did not remain.

Anyone who can identify the gunman, the female or anyone in the video was asked to contact Detective Kenny Miller at (727) 214-4536 or the police nonemergency number at (727) 893-7780. Tips may also be texted to (727) 420-8911. To leave a confidential tip, call (727) 892-5000.

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