Teen shot at prison homecoming party in St. Pete

- Police said the investigation into a teen being shot early Tuesday morning revealed it was not a drive-by as previously reported.

Police said the victim, 16-year-old Javarious Martin, was shot in the head during a homecoming party for a person just released from jail. Officers said it appears two men, with faces covered, came up to the group of people and fired shots. 

It happened just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning at a house on the 4600 block of 26th Avenue South.

Police said neighbors started calling 911 after hearing multiple shots fired. Officers in the area also heard the gunshots; they described it as multiple shots coming from multiple weapons.

"What we're being told is that there was some kind of party," said Jim Previtera, Assist. Chief at the St. Petersburg Police Department. "I don't know how large it was or how many people were there earlier in the evening."

Police said, before officers arrived, someone had already loaded Martin into a vehicle to take him to the hospital. Officers stopped the car and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue took the teen to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Investigators are not sure if the teen was targeted, but they do say the house was targeted. There was a shooting at the same house on Saturday. Police were working to differentiate the bullets from the earlier shooting and this shooting.

"Two nights ago I had to come get my son from over here because they shot her house up," said the teen's mom, Channica Jones. " Then tonight, he gets shot. All I am saying is whoever did it please come forward, because it was wrong."

Over the weekend, an 18 year-old man was arrested for firing shots into the house. 

Police do not have a suspect description. They were asking for anyone with more information on this shooting to call the St. Petersburg Police Department.

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