Gunmen yelled 'police' during St. Pete home invasions
A man was shot to death during one of two home invasions involving armed, masked men who burst into houses yelling "police" Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg, authorities said. Richard Lamar Shaw, 41, was shot in the upper body after the intruders demanded money and drugs at his home in the 7000 block of Orpine Drive, said Bill Proffitt, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department. St. Petersburg police believe the home invasions were related. The first occurred at 4:21 a.m. in the 5800 block of First Avenue North.Gregg and Rebecca Gordon were asleep in their bed when several armed men forced their way in, yelling "police, police, police," Proffitt said. The men demanded cash and jewelry, and one of the suspects punched Gregg Gordon, 51, several times and struck him in the head with an unknown object, Proffitt said. The intruders left the home with several items, Proffitt said. Gordon was treated and released at Bayfront Medical Center. Twenty-five minutes later, police responded to a shooting at Shaw's home. Shaw's adult son was home at the time and told police that several armed intruders forced their way inside, yelling "police, police, police," Proffitt said. After shooting Shaw, the intruders fled with items from the home. Shaw was taken to Northside Hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound. Shaw's wife, Tory, 40, died June 11 of lung cancer in the home, police said. Her memorial service was to be held today. The suspects were described as men in their late teens or early 20s. Some had their faces covered and all were wearing dark clothing, Proffitt said. Police believe the victims were targeted. Police plan to release a surveillance video showing the suspects entering Shaw's home. The men are heard yelling inside the home, and then a gunshot is heard. The video then shows the suspects leaving the house. Anyone with information about the crimes should call police at (727) 893-7780 or, to remain anonymous, call the police tip line at (727) 892-5000.