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Neighbors break into home to help wounded resident

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Neighbors broke into a Kenwood apartment Thursday evening to help a 46-year-old man who was shot and bleeding, police said.

Anthony W. Bell of 20271/2 First Ave. N began banging on walls and calling for help shortly before 7 p.m., said St. Petersburg police spokesman Dan Bates.

Neighbors broke a window and went inside to find Bell lying a couple of feet inside the door of his home, shot in the stomach. Bell was too badly injured to tell St. Petersburg police Officer Stradford J. Dragon what had happened, and neighbors couldn't explain either.

"Nobody saw anything," Bates said. "Nobody heard anything."

Bell was in critical condition Friday afternoon at Bayfront Medical Center. Police ask that anyone who may have information about the incident call Detective Gary Gibson at (727) 893-7512.

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