Many in the neighborhood call Jason Faber a well-liked guy, so when they heard
the sounds, they never imagined it would come to this.
"We heard pop pop pop pop. Five seconds later, pop pop pop pop," said John Beardsley.
"I told my mom get down, and I got down, hid behind my tree," Beardsley said.
He lives a block away from a shooting that happened this week.
"I saw a flash and at the same time I heard a bullet hit somewhere in my vicinity," he said.
He doesn't know Jason Faber but could easily have been the fourth victim.
"We were looking on the house on the car and then an officer found the bullet here on the hood," he pointed out.
The St. Petersburg Police Department said it happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the 4000 block of 7th Avenue North. Investigators said Faber walked up to a car outside his neighbor's house, pulled out a gun, and fired several shots at the men sitting inside. He hit neighbor Alexander Usher and killed Mackenzie McConnell.
Both victims were found lying in the street outside of the car. A third victim, David Oard, was hit while he lay on a couch inside his house across the street.
"I guess the bullet was stuck right in his head," said Tina Lambert.
Lambert is Oard's girlfriend. She first found out the news after a doctor called her.
"He said he had been shot and then a second doctor called to tell me he was there. They told me he was alive. He was OK," she said Sunday afternoon.
She said it's luck that neither one of them were hurt.
"I had just left a couple of hours ago. If we had been sitting here, maybe one of us would have been dead," she said.
Officers said the shooting began without any obvious provocation. Faber's wife told investigators he served in the military, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and was under the belief that his next door neighbors were dealing drugs.
Faber left after the shootings.
Around 11:27 p.m. officers found him in his car near Gandy Blvd North and
4th Street. When they attempted to stop him, he fled and a pursuit took place.
Officers eventually rammed his car and ran up to the vehicle. Faber appeared
to be trying to reach for a handgun but was restrained by officers before he
could do so.
Faber posted to his Facebook account at 10:48 p.m., less than an hour after the shooting, allegedly while still on the run saying, "I'm sorry I'm not the person I should be."
Pictures show him years ago in an Army uniform. In one posting, he wrote, "This is the awesomest I've ever been in my life."
Neighbors wonder now if the shootings could have been prevented.
"Why aren't they helping him? Why do they allow him to snap like that?" said Lambert.
Faber is charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and other charges are pending.
Doctors said Oard should be released from the hospital tomorrow, while Usher remains critical.
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