Monday, November 12, 2018
Public safety

Deputies arrest man in fatal Tampa shooting

TAMPA — Early one morning in January, a resident on Carroway Street in Tampa’s Grant Park neighborhood looked out her window and saw two men involved in an apparent confrontation.

As one man started walking away, the witness saw the other, in an orange hooded sweatshirt, reach into a nearby car, court records say.

"You’re not going to call me a punk b----!" the man in the sweatshirt said.

The witness reported hearing gunshots and then seeing the man in the sweatshirt run down the street. Hillsborough deputies arrived and found 23-year-old Elijah Moore suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in his torso. He died at Tampa General Hospital.

On Wednesday, deputies arrested the man they say shot Moore: Javon Rakeem Turner.

Turner, 24, surrendered and was booked into the Hillsborough Count jail on charges of first-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He was held without bail.

The arrest comes about three months after a judge signed an arrest warrant for Turner. An report lays out how the investigation into the Jan. 17 shooting led to him.

Investigators found a 2017 Toyota Camry at the scene of the shooting with blood stains in the front passenger area along with a cell phone that belonged to Turner, the arrest report says. The blood was also Turner’s. The car had been rented by Moore.

On the phone, they found photos of Turner dressed in an orange Miami Hurricanes hooded sweatshirt. In other photos, he had a gun that appeared to be a .22 caliber or .38 caliber Bersa handgun. A forensic analysis showed rounds at the scene of the shooting were from a .38 caliber handgun.

Surveillance video collected from a liquor store on North 56th Street about three hours before the murder showed Turner and Moore together. Turner was wearing an orange sweatshirt. GPS data collected from the Camry showed the car at that address at the same time, according to the report.

Another witness told investigators the two men came to her house the night of the murder in a silver Toyota Camry. While Moore came into to the house to use the bathroom, Turner, wearing an orange sweatshirt, got in the passenger seat and drove away. Moore came out of the bathroom, realized what happened and got angry, the witness said.

A woman who heard gunshots that night told detectives Turner banged on her door minutes later, sweaty, shirtless and looking panicked, the report says. She refused to let him in. The next morning, she found an orange Miami Hurricanes sweatshirt stashed next to her house.

Another man who called himself friends with both men told detectives Turner called him about one week after the shooting and admitted to killing Moore.

A judge signed an arrest warrant for Turner on May 24.

Turner was released from state prison in July after serving 11 months for grand theft and burglary, records show.

Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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