Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Public safety

Police find car stolen during Family Dollar fatal robbery

TAMPA — Police have recovered a car that was stolen after a robbery that turned deadly Sunday at a Family Dollar store in East Tampa.

Police found the car, a 1995 Mitsubishi Mirage, abandoned Sunday evening at 2503 38th Ave., officials said, about 2 miles from where 49-year-old store manager and 20-year military veteran Horsley Shorter Jr. was gunned down the day before.

Detectives were still trying Monday to figure out the identity of the man who killed Shorter. They released a surveillance image of a man Sunday and issued an appeal to the public for tips.

The shooting happened about 9 a.m. when an armed robber came into the store and demanded money from a clerk behind the counter. Shorter, who was inside his office, was shot when he ran out to help his co-worker, police said.

The robber then forced the clerk at gunpoint into the parking lot, where he stole the clerk's car and used it to escape. Police said he stole cash from the store, but they have not disclosed the amount.

Shorter was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The robber is described as a man in his 20s with a dark complexion and a thin build. During the robbery, he wore a black beanie, a long-sleeved thermal shirt, long shorts and low white socks.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Shorter is the second retail store employee to be killed while on duty in less than a week in Hillsborough County.

On Wednesday morning, a 7-Eleven clerk, Kenneth Redding, was stabbed to death at the store at 11015 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. After a daylong search, authorities arrested Lawrence Bongiovanni, 20, of Tampa on a first-degree murder charge. Authorities said he grabbed a stack of scratchoff lottery tickets after killing the clerk and cashed in the winners as he fled south — leading to his capture.

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