A man accused of fatally shooting a man outside a St. Petersburg convenience store earlier this month did so because the victim was “showing out,” or showing off, in front of the shooter’s girlfriend, according to court documents made available this morning.
Damon Ford, 20, of St. Petersburg, was arrested in Clearwater Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the Oct. 4 death of Caleb Scott outside the EZ Stop convenience store at 2753 Fifth Ave. S.
Ford was identified as the shooter after the store manager, Muhammed Shahjaha, gave investigators surveillance video that captured the shooting, the documents state. One detective recognized Scott because he had dealt with him in the past.
Police also talked with a woman, Kristalyn Davis, who identified Ford as the shooter. She said she had been with Ford and his girlfriend, Jasmine Greene, shortly before Ford and Greene decided to walk to the store. Davis said Ford had been wearing a hat the shooter inadvertently left behind as he fled.
Later, Ford told Davis that Scott had driven too close to him in the convenience store parking lot, according to court documents. Ford told Davis he had planned to merely pistol-whip Scott but that he shot him after Scott started “showing out in front of my girl,” the documents state.