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Suspect named in fatal shooting at St. Pete gas station

Police detectives have identified the suspect in Friday’s fatal shooting at a St. Petersburg gas station and are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

A warrant charging Damon Danterius Ford, 20, with first-degree murder has been issued.

Caleb Scott, 21, was shot in the chest several times at the entrance of a BP store, at 2753 Fifth Ave. S., about 12:15 a.m. Friday after exchanging words with the gunman, police said. He later died at a hospital.

Police described Ford as 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slim build and clean shaven with a dreadlock hairstyle. He has a “D Ford” tattoo on his left forearm, “Trap” tattooed on his right arm, “Problem” tattooed on his right hand and “Solver” inked on his left hand, police said.

The shooting was 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 said.

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

On Friday, police said the motive was unclear and it was not clear whether the men knew each other.

Anyone with information on Ford 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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