Fired St. Pete security guard shoots motel employee, commits suicide
A man who was recently fired as a security guard at a St. Petersburg motel shot the night clerk this morning before fleeing and turning the gun on himself, police say. St. Petersburg police say Anthony G. Taylor, 45, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound a short distance from the New Plaza Motel, 400 34th St. N., where he had shot motel night clerk Jerome Horacek several times a few minutes earlier. Police say Taylor was a former security officer who had been recently fired and served an eviction notice from the motel two months ago. Horacek was transported to Bayfront Medical Hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper body and is expected to survive.According to police, Horacek was not responsible for Taylor’s termination, and the men had a casual conversation about an hour prior to the shooting. Detectives say the shooting may have stemmed from a robbery attempt by Taylor, who shot Horacek multiple times in the upper body as Horacek attempted to flee. Once Horacek fled from the office, police say Taylor was seen shooting out the window glass at the office entrance and then fleeing the area. Witnesses told police Taylor fatally shot himself in a vacant lot at 3462 3rd Ave. N. An investigation is ongoing. Stay with TBO.com for updates.