FORT PIERCE — Gunfire on North 17th Street overnight Monday led to the city’s 10 homicide case this year and its 13th death, according to police records.
About 9:45 p.m., police found 45-year-old Fort Pierce resident Antonio Rodriguez dead of at least one gunshot wound in a field by his residence in the 100 block of North 17th Street.
Detectives are trying to determine who shot Rodriguez and the circumstances that led up to it.
The shooting was in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, which has been the scene of three other gunfire injuries this month — all within a mile of each other. Most were along North 17th and 18th streets.
In an incident last week, a 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident was driving along North 18th Street, in the Lincoln Park subdivision, about 11 a.m. Wednesday when gunfire hit his leg. He attempted to drive away, but his Toyota 4Runner shut off, so he ran to Avenue D to call 911. He described his assailant as being a young male dressed in black.
The weekend before that, another 27-year-old man was shot in the leg about 8 p.m. near the Friendly Meat Mart in the 1700 block of North 17th Street.
And on Nov. 2, a 26-year-old man was injured by gunfire while walking along Avenue P. He was fired upon by a man who got out of a gray utility vehicle. Within a week, police arrested Roman White, 26, of the 1100 block of North 17th Street, on charges of attempted murder.
The Fort Pierce Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in solving Monday’s death. Anyone with information should call Detective Ludmila Quintao at 772-467-6862. Or call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for reward money.