TAMPA — A man was killed Sunday afternoon after someone confronted him outside an apartment complex, beat him with a handgun and then shot him in the head, deputies said.
Damian L. Bowie, 23, was in the parking lot of the Avesta Del Rio apartment at 6615 N 50th St. when a car pulled up with three men inside, Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez said. According to witnesses, Bowie approached the car around 4 p.m. and began having a conversation with the driver.
Then one of the passengers got out of the car and struck Bowie repeatedly with the butt of a handgun.
Witnesses told deputies Bowie seemed confused and taken aback as to why the passenger attacked him. They said he kept asking questions, like "What are you doing?" and "Why are you doing this?"
"Initially he's striking the victim until he gets him kind of into a crouching position," Nunez said of the attacker, "and then shoots one shot at the victim right at his head."
Marcus Applewhite, 29, was with Bowie's sister when she received the call that her brother was killed.
"He was good people," Applewhite said. "He never messed with anyone. He had kids and a son on the way."
Nunez said Bowie has a lengthy criminal history, including 16 arrests and 53 charges.
Detectives are looking into whether there are any cameras or surveillance that captured what happened.
Applewhite said he was unsure why Bowie, who lives at 13122 Leisurewood Place, was at Avesta Del Rio on Sunday.
"The streets don't like us," Applewhite said. "Go to work. Go home. Play with your kids. I've learned, just leave the streets alone."
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