Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Investigation continues into two shootings in Tampa

TAMPA — Police continued Friday to investigate a pair of shootings that happened minutes apart Thursday night in the University Square area of Tampa.

About 9:19 p.m. Thursday, a man armed with a handgun walked into the Best for Less restaurant at 11618 N 22nd St. and shot Noel Barnes, 53, according to Tampa police. The unidentified man then snatched a gold neck chain from Lenox Goulbourne, 56, before fleeing.

Barnes was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

About 9:30 p.m., Cory Smith, 18, was riding a bicycle east on Linebaugh Avenue near the intersection of Jasmine Avenue when a man approached from behind, police said. The man shouted "give it up" before firing, wounding Smith.

Smith jumped off the bike and ran two blocks to a Citgo station, police said. He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries described as not life-threatening.

Tampa police said Friday they had surveillance footage of a person of interest in the shooting at the Best for Less restaurant. Police were trying to determine if the man was also involved in the second shooting, officials said. No arrests had been made.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

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