Woman shoots intruder during early morning home invasion

Pinellas County

Police are searching for a second suspect involved in a home invasion in St. Petersburg.

A woman who lives at the house on 27th Street North shot one of the suspects.

“Right now, everybody is okay. Just shaken up,” said one of the men living in the home.

News Channel 8 is not identifying the tenants who had masked gunmen kick in their front door just before midnight.

“It’s not every day you’d expect somebody to just kick in your door and try to hurt you and take your belongings,” the man we spoke with said.

He said he and his roommates were taken by surprise.

“You know me and my roommates, we don’t make a terrible amount of money. We don’t own a bunch of electronics and jewelry or what have you.”

Thankfully one of them had a weapon. She used it to fire at the intruders and struck one as both scattered away. 

“She was collected enough to keep us all from getting hurt,” the woman’s roommate said. “You know that’s really what I’m thankful for, is that not everybody is ready to jump under stress.”

Police said suspect Randy Stanley Jr. was found with multiple gunshots wounds, lying in the street when they arrived.

The other gunman is still on the run.

Stanley Jr. has a long criminal history dating back to 2011.

“At least that’s one criminal that’s going to get prosecuted and taken off the streets. I mean, that’s just terrible,” said the tenant.

Stanley Jr. is under hospital guard at Bayfront Health.

He has been charged with home invasion robbery and felon in possession of a firearm, but he hasn’t been booked in the jail yet.

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