Drug deal shooting leaves 2 hospitalized in Clearwater

Pinellas County

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two men were hospitalized following a shooting amid a drug deal in Clearwater Saturday.

Clearwater police said two men were inside a car conducting a drug deal when another individual outside the vehicle fired a gun through the windshield.

Police said Derriontae Ward, 19, was shot in the chest, staggered out of the car, and was found on Parkwood Street. Jhakoric Lofton, 22, reportedly left the scene in his car after firing his own gun.

Ward was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Police later informed him he would be arrested for outstanding grand theft auto and burglary charges unrelated to this case.

The investigation remains under investigation.

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