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Man arrested in shooting

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 16, 2001

LARGO -- A Largo man was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he shot another man after the two smoked marijuana together.

Tomislov Protich, 19, of 11049 111th Way N was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, shooting into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm in public and possession of marijuana, according to arrest reports.

Protich is accused of shooting Jorge L. Delossantos, 18, of 9401 80th Ter. N, Seminole, about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The shooting occurred outside Protich's residence, according to arrest reports. Sheriff's officials said Delossantos suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to Sun Coast Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a bullet and was released. Sheriff's spokesman Cal Dennie said Delossantos and a friend went to Protich's home, where they smoked marijuana. Delossantos then went into Protich's bedroom, took about $1,500 cash from a dresser drawer and tried to leave quickly, Dennie said. Protich then grabbed a .40-caliber handgun and fired at Delossantos, who had gotten into a car with other people, according to arrest reports.

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