Police: Pinellas man hired suspect to shoot alleged voyeur

June 18, 2014 

Police say Michael Schmidt, left, paid Justin Dahlstrom, right, to shoot a man who allegedly looked at his naked girlfriend over a tanning salon wall.

LARGO -- A Pinellas man is accused of hiring another man to shoot a voyeur suspect who allegedly looked at his naked girlfriend over a tanning salon wall, according to authorities.

Largo Police arrested Michael Schmidt, 22, on Tuesday, for conspiracy to commit murder and principle to attempted second degree murder.

Schmidt paid Justin Dahlstrom, 20, to shoot the alleged voyeur suspect, John Black, 36, at his Largo apartment located at 13125 Wilcox Road, back on Feb. 20, according to police.

Detectives said Dahlstrom knocked on the door and asked the woman who answered, Kristen Gannon, 41, if he could speak to Black. There was a brief conversation outside the apartment when Dahlstrom fired a round striking Gannon in the leg, according to police.

Detectives said Black may have been the intended target because of the alleged voyeurism incident that happened the previous day.

Black is accused of peering over a Seminole tanning salon wall as Schmidt's 21-year-old girlfriend was undressed, according to the Pinellas Sheriff's Office.

Police said Schmidt responded to the tanning salon and was angry that Black was not arrested that day. Black was charged in April with misdemeanor voyeurism.

Dahlstrom was arrested last month on a warrant for attempted homicide.

Only Bay News 9 caught up with Schmidt and his girlfriend outside their home shortly after the tanning salon incident. Both Schmidt and his girlfriend declined a request for an interview.

"Nope, not talking to you guys until my attorney lets me talk to you guys," she said.

"You can talk to my attorney, John Trevena," Schmidt said. "He told me not to talk to anyone."

Bay News 9 could not reach Black or Gannon for comment. On Tuesday night, Schmidt was being held in the Pinellas Jail on a no bond status.

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