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Woman thankful for escaping injury in South St. Pete shooting

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One of the occupants of this Pontiac Sunbird suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. One of the occupants of this Pontiac Sunbird suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

After being able to walk away from a bizarre car crash and shooting incident Sunday morning in St. Petersburg you don't have to tell Crystal Labrecque how lucky she is.

She already knows and is very, very thankful.

"I was told that there was a bullet hole a couple of inches from my head and a bullet went through the back of where my son would have been sitting," she said, fighting back tears. "And he was supposed to be in the car."

Police say the violent incident at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and 22nd Street got its start elsewhere.

"At 11:05 this morning we received a call of shots fired in the area of the 300 block of 27th Street South," said Lt. Dennis Bolender of the St. Pete Police Department.

Police responded to the scene to investigate. They found shell casings there but little else.

"As officers were investigating that we received a second call at 11:10 of a person shot in the parking lot of this bank located at 18th Avenue and 22nd Street South," Bolender added.

That's where Labrecque, driving her silver Chrysler LeBaron, eventually collided with the shooting victim, who was at the wheel of a white Pontiac Sunbird.

"It looks like the victim was stopped at the light at this intersection when a suspect vehicle pulled up next to him," Bolender explained. "And subjects from that vehicle began firing at this victim's vehicle. The victim then tried to accelerate through the intersection then struck a bystander that was driving thru and the shooting continued."

Labrecque was the bystander Bolender was referring to.

The unidentified shooting victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition.

Labrecque, who just moved to St. Pete four days ago, was still shaking an hour after the incident.

"It sounded like fireworks; I thought it was fireworks," she said. "I didn't even know what was happening, I just saw the guy coming towards me."

She says she'll be ok, but will continue to count her blessings.

Labrecque: "I've never even seen anybody fire at anybody else never mind being involved in it and a gun being pointed in my direction."

Investigators are looking for a white, four-door Infiniti containing multiple suspects. They say one of the suspects goes by the street name - 'Rock.' He stands approximately 5'7'' tall, has a medium build and a dreadlocks style haircut.

If you have any information about this incident please contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.

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