Shooting victim found dead on city sidewalk
Police are investigating a shooting that left a Valrico man dead on the sidewalk on N Brooks Street on Friday morning, Tampa police said. Officers found James N. King, 38, lying on the sidewalk with upper body trauma when they responded to a shooting at 8704 N Brooks St. in Sulphur Springs at 10:33 a.m., police said. King was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the shooting was not random and that King was targeted. Homicide detectives were following up on strong leads Friday afternoon, police said. King's criminal history includes nearly two dozen arrests since 1993, state records show. He was sent to prison four times, including sentences in mid-2004 for selling and possessing cocaine, aggravated battery, robbery and carjacking, Florida prison records show. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.
Man is indicted in laser-shining case
For the second time this month, a federal grand jury has charged someone in Hillsborough County with pointing a laser at a Tampa police helicopter. Bradley Alan Steffes, 29, a welder from Brandon, was indicted Thursday. Tampa police arrested him June 5 on state charges, but pointing a laser at an aircraft is also a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Jeremy Wayne Sumpter, 29, of Tampa was indicted June 17, based on an incident that occurred in February. The FBI launched a 90-day program in early June that pays rewards of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an individual who pointed a laser at an aircraft. To report an incident, call 911 or the FBI Tampa field office at (813) 253-1000.