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Tampa man dies after being shot in his home


Man fatally shot in his home on Broad street

A Tampa man died after being shot in his home Saturday night, police said. The shooting occurred at 702 E Broad St. around 10:45 p.m., Tampa police said. The victim, identified as 49-year-old Colen Charles Thomas, was taken to a hospital where he later died. No arrests were announced. Thomas' brother-in-law, Arthur Holley, said Thomas lived alone and had been working a number of odd jobs. "He was very kind-hearted," said Holley. "Sometimes he was around the wrong people. … Sometimes you're around people who don't necessarily reflect who you are as a person." State records show Thomas had been arrested 37 times since 1981 on charges including burglary, armed robbery and cocaine possession. He was convicted of cocaine possession in 2010.


Man shot in face and survives

A 19-year-old man was shot in the face and injured Saturday afternoon during a drug deal, deputies said. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, two men arrived at the victim's home at the Lofts Apartments, 4050 Rocky Circle. Inside, deputies said, the suspects shot the victim once and ran away. The Sheriff's Office released a surveillance video showing two men following the victim through a door. The video later shows the men running out the door. Other people walk through the hallway before the victim staggers toward the door, eventually leaving. The victim, Devyn Hardy, was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He was in stable condition and expected to survive, deputies said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.


Driver who injured bicyclist is sought

A driver struck and seriously injured a Dade City bicyclist early Sunday and then sped off, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The injured cyclist, Carl L. Downing, 54, was hit from behind at 6:40 a.m. as he rode on U.S. 301 and Lock Street in Dade City. He was not wearing a bike helmet, the patrol said. Downing was taken in serious condition to Pasco Regional Medical Center. The patrol said it had little information about the vehicle that struck Downing other than that it left debris at the scene that is light green, and that it left light green paint marks on the bike. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Trooper J. Hollis at (813) 631-4020.

Today's picks


Academia Hernando presents 'Contemporary Architecture in Tampa Bay': 10 a.m., Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Presented by Ed Hoffman, architect of the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs. $8. (352) 597-0158.


Knights of Columbus Ladies card party luncheon: 10 a.m., Family Life Center at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. $6. (727) 697-3302.

Today's meetings


Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

Hernando County Commission/Teamsters Local Union 79, collective bargaining session, 1 p.m., Department of Public Works, 1525 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.


Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

Tampa man dies after being shot in his home 01/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:35pm]
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