Lassiter's home at 1827 25th St. S. in St. Petersburg
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -
Vernell Carter remembers 53-year-old Floyd Lassiter growing up on the street where she lives.
“He was such a good guy," Carter said. "He was just a nice, quiet, never noisy, really quiet young man.”
According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report, officers were dispatched to 1827 25th St. S. at about 1:25 a.m. Sunday in response to a shots fired call. When they arrived, they found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Lassiter was treated by emergency service personnel at the scene and transported to the hospital.
A preliminary investigation revealed the victim confronted the suspects and engaged in a physical confrontation with one of them. The second suspect, who was armed the report states, fired several rounds that struck Lassiter.
The pair fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Carter said she never imagined Lassiter would lose his life in such a tragic way.
“I was reading when I heard the first shot, and you know that startled you," Carter said. " But then suddenly I heard about 3 or 4 more.”
“To kill a man over his own stuff, it just made me sick."
Lassiter was a veteran, father and husband.
Investigators tell News Channel 8 that Lassiter’s home was burglarized Thursday. Neighbors said they were told electronics, jewelry and Lassiter's car keys were taken.
Police said there are no suspects at this time.
That makes Johnny Addison, one of Lassiter's neighbors, angry.
“Why should they walk around here and that man is dead,” Addison said.