Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives continue their investigations into two incidents, one a stabbing and the other a shooting early Saturday morning in Port Charlotte.
Deputies responded to Peace River Regional Medical Center to investigate a stabbing incident that occurred in the parking lot at Boomer’s, 2460 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Leon A. Mercurius, 23, 17940 Murdock Circle, was slashed with a straight razor in a possible retaliation for a stabbing incident Dec. 24 at the Caribbean-Oriental Grocery, 2745 Tamiami Trail. Mercurius was treated at the Emergency Room and released. He was charged in that Christmas Eve stabbing of Sean Andrew Maitland, 42, North Port. CCSO received a call at 2:11 a.m. Saturday concerning shots fired in the parking lot of Emerald City, 1225 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. It was reported a man in the parking fired shots toward a dark colored vehicle. At 2:14 a.m., CCSO received a call from Fawcett Memorial Hospital concerning a man who drove himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies responded and located a dark green Mercedes in the ambulance parking lot with a bullet hole in a rear window. Jameel Faheim Riley, 29, Port Charlotte, was treated and released from Fawcett Memorial Hospital. If anyone has information about these two incidents, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).
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