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Two shootings tied to one suspect in Pinellas

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Police say a man may be on a killing spree in Pinellas County, and they want to catch him as soon as possible.

Investigators believe 25-year-old Jamaal Jenkins is responsible for shooting two people. One victim died and the other is hospitalized in critical condition.

"What we've got is a very dangerous guy who has an extensive criminal history who within the last week has shot two people in the head," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives believe Jenkins shot and killed 24-year-old Destynee Burkes on January 7 at the La Quinta Motel on 34th Street North.

Then, they say he shot 31-year old Tieyannie Hollis Monday at the Mariners Pointe Apartments at 1175 Pinellas Point Drive South.

Hollis is in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head.

Jenkins has chalked up 13 arrests on 27 charges since 2003. Gualtieri also said Jenkins has warned more than once that he will not be imprisoned again.

"From what he said, that he wants to go the hard way, and that gives us great concern," Gualtieri said, expressing concern for deputies or police officers who attempt to arrest Jenkins.

According to detectives, while Jenkins was in jail last year, his girlfriend, 24-year old Destynee Burkes, became involved with 31-year old Tieyannie Hollis.

Sheriff's detectives think Jenkins and Burkes checked into a motel early in the morning January 7th, and within minutes, Burkes was slain.

"There's no evidence of any struggle, there's no evidence of any battery, there's no evidence of any sexual assault," Gualtieri told reporters, "It was an execution is what it was, shooting her in the back of the head."

Then Monday, January 14th, Hollis was gunned down in a parking lot.

"It was a targeted shooting and it appears that Jenkins may have been stalking his victim in that apartment complex," St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon said.

Harmon added Hollis's prognosis is not good.

"Likely not to make it, his family has been made aware what's going on. But he too was shot similarly in the head and had multiple other shots on his torso," Harmon said.

The sheriff said Jenkins has been arrested 13 times since 2003 and served two stints in state prison. The day after Christmas, he allegedly rammed Burkes' vehicle in a Pinellas Park intersection.

"He was looking at significant time in state prison because of that aggravated battery charge, and she's the victim in that aggravated battery," Gualtieri said. "She's the one that could've identified him and I believe that's a significant reason why he did what he did."

Unknown factors beyond the love triangle may pose more dangers.

"We don't know what other dynamics were involved with this whole situation, so there are potentially other victims out there that we're concerned about," Harmon said.

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