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Deputies: St. Pete man shot at mother from speeding vehicle

A St. Petersburg man faces multiple charges, including two counts of attempted murder, after deputies said he fired shots into his mother’s vehicle.

Deputies said Eric James Garcia, 22, was taken into custody Thursday night after a high-speed pursuit following the shooting.

Deputies said the incident began when Garcia’s parents, 62-year-old Renee Garcia and 59-year-old Luis Garcia, began looking for their son after they said Garcia burglarized their two homes — one in Hernando County, which also was set on fire, and one in Pinellas Park.

Garcia’s parents told authorities they located Garcia near Sunrise Drive and Bryan Dairy Road, prompting him to pursue them in his vehicle.

Deputies said Garcia fired a shot into the vehicle at Brian Dairy Road and 98th Street, striking his mother in the face. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and transported herself to Largo Medical Center, where Luis Garcia said his son called him and made threatening remarks by telephone.

Deputies conducted a search, and Garcia was located by Indian Shores police as he was speeding and driving recklessly along Gulf Boulevard.

Other agencies assisted and began a pursuit near 107th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island, deputies said.

Stop sticks were deployed, and Garcia was arrested without incident near 66th Street North and Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, deputies said.

No injuries were reported.

Garcia is being held on $55,300 bail at Pinellas County Jail, and additional charges could be pending as the investigation continues.

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