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Police: Fatal shooting follows altercation outside Tampa McDonald's

TAMPA — Reggie Adams was in town from Texas for his sister's graduation when he got into an argument with a man in a McDonald's restaurant parking lot Friday afternoon.

That man chased Adams 2 miles down Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and shot Adams at about 3:30 p.m. as he rode in a 2005 black Dodge Magnum, according to Tampa police.

At about 5 p.m., a friend drove Adams to Pasco Regional Medical Center.

He died from his injuries.

Shortly after Adams' death, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said it did not know yet where the shooting had happened. But investigators soon learned that Adams, 20, had been shot in New Tampa, near Bruce B. Downs and the Interstate 75 overpass after leaving the McDonald's at 19080 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

Tampa police have identified a person of interest in the shooting but don't have his name. Because of that, they're asking for the public's help.

They have released a video of the man inside the McDonald's. He is wearing a white sleeveless shirt, long pants, socks and flip-flops and a blue baseball cap with a black bill.

That was news to some of Adams' family in Texas on Tuesday. His aunt Ruby Myers said she had no idea about the altercation at McDonald's.

She and Adams' girlfriend, Lilani Newhouse, have been struggling this week. They keep expecting Adams to walk through the door.

Newhouse, who is expecting the couple's child, cries frequently.

"She's really taking it bad," Myers said.

Newhouse is more than six months pregnant with the couple's daughter, Myers said, and Adams was going to ask Newhouse to marry him.

The aunt took Newhouse to a doctor Tuesday morning to make sure she and the baby were still healthy.

It was different this time, without Adams. He used to croon blues songs to his unborn daughter. Ultrasounds indicated the baby responding.

On Tuesday, the doctor said Newhouse and the baby were fine, Myers said.

"She just needs to stop stressing," she said. "She has to relax."

Police say the man in the McDonald's surveillance video may have information about the crime and want to interview him. They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433.

An image taken from surveillance video shows a man who is a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Reggie Adams on Friday.

Tampa Police Department

An image taken from surveillance video shows a man who is a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Reggie Adams on Friday.

Police: Fatal shooting follows altercation outside Tampa McDonald's 06/04/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 4:36pm]
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