2 witnesses to Sportsman's Park shooting sought by police

PORT ST. LUCIE — As police continue investigating the March 14 shooting near Sportsman's Park that left a 25-year-old man dead, investigators Thursday released detailed descriptions of two witnesses they are trying to locate.

Port St. Lucie police have said Marcus Samuel died after an altercation with Terry McKeliver, a 22-year-old Fort Pierce resident with whom Samuel was playing basketball at Sportsman's Park.

The dispute continued into a parking lot across the street, where shots were fired before McKeliver and Jean Yves Toussaint, 20, fled in a vehicle. The driver, McKeliver, eventually stopped in Fort Pierce following a pursuit by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office deputies. McKeliver and Toussaint, who was found with more than a dozen bags of marijuana, were arrested, but not in connection with the death.

Police have not provided a detailed account of how the shooting occurred, but in a Thursday release said they are trying to find two witnesses.

One is thought to be named Chris, also known as "Bowe," "Bow," or "Chris d'a giant." He is about 26 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and of medium build. He has strawberry blond hair and speaks Spanish.

He has several tattoos including R.I.P. N.Y. 911 on his knuckles. He also has a four-letter expletive on one forearm and "you" on the other. A tattoo of the cartoon character Speedy Gonzalez is on the back of his neck and a panther is on one of his legs. He is thought to be from Fort Pierce and to have attended Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

The second witness is described as being named Tyrell, Tyrone or a variation. He is about 27 and black. He is 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and skinny. He has a "plats/twists" hairstyle and might have some gold teeth. He also might live in the area around Sportsman's Park, which is in central Port St. Lucie.

Police think two guns were used during the incident and recovered one from the trunk of McKeliver's vehicle. McKeliver said he used that weapon during the incident. Police are trying to find the second gun.

"He ran and got a gun," McKeliver is quoted in sheriff's reports as saying. "I had to react, I couldn't just let him shoot me."

Samuel's mother, Rebecca Samuel, has said her son and his fiancee had been in Port St. Lucie for about four months. She said he was about to start a new job at a medical supply firm, and his fiancee was transferred to Port St. Lucie. She said he had a 2-year-old son and a 9-year-old stepdaughter.

Anyone with information about the witnesses or anyone who might have seen or taken the second firearm is asked to call Detective Jesse Inigo at 772-873-6518 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS. Inigo also can be contacted via email at jesse.inigo@pslpd.us .

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