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Police arrest suspect in Tampa Heights shooting that injured his cousin

Jihad Amos Muhammad, also known as Walter Lee Amos, is charged with attempted murder in a Tampa Heights shooting.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Jihad Amos Muhammad, also known as Walter Lee Amos, is charged with attempted murder in a Tampa Heights shooting.

TAMPA — Police arrested a 37-year-old man early Wednesday in connection with a shooting in Tampa Heights late Tuesday that hurt one man and injured the suspect's cousin.

Jihad Amos Muhammad was charged with three counts of attempted murder after he fired several shots at a group of people in the 100 block of Keyes Avenue, police say. (Click here to see his mugshot)

Muhammad changed his name from Walter Lee Amos a couple years ago, he told police.

After a fight two hours earlier at Robles Park, a group formed in an alley off Keyes around 10 p.m., police said. John Edward Tention, the suspect's 34-year-old cousin, was visiting his aunt and uncle in a house on nearby Tampa Street. He heard noise and went outside.

Muhammad, of 2926 N Tampa St., pulled a .40-caliber handgun and fired about 10 times, hitting 22-year-old Earl Burke in the lower leg, according to an arrest affidavit. Tention was critically injured by a stray bullet to the stomach.

A third man, identified as Lesley W. Cottman, 18, was shot at but not injured, police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

The affidavit states that both Burke and Tention were in surgery at the time of Muhammad's arrest, 3:30 a.m.

Police were not sure if Cottman or Burke were involved in the Robles Park fight. It is not clear who Muhammad was pursuing, Davis said.

Muhammad has been arrested four times before since 1989, when he was 17 and charged as an adult with grand theft of a motor vehicle, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Muhammad, then called Amos, spent about eight years in a Perry, Fla., jail on those charges. His following arrests were on charges of violating probation, larceny and marijuana possession.

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Police arrest suspect in Tampa Heights shooting that injured his cousin 04/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 2:15pm]
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