- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Tampa Bay area teen was shot and wounded at a welcome-home party for a man who had just been released from prison.

St. Petersburg police report in a news release that several dozen people were gathered at a home early Tuesday morning when two men with their faces covered approached on foot and began firing shots. The release says a bullet struck 16-year-old Javarious Rashard Martin in the head.

By the time officers reached the scene, Martin had been placed in a private vehicle to be driven to the hospital. Other responding officers stopped that vehicle, and St. Petersburg Fire-Rescue paramedics began treatment while taking the teen to a nearby hospital.

The release says Martin was in very critical condition.

No suspects were immediately arrested or charged.


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