Sunday, February 18, 2018
Public safety

Police say Tampa store owner shoots, kills teenage robber

TAMPA — A 16-year-old died Monday after being shot by the owner of a neighborhood store he was trying to rob, police said.

Police identified the teenager as Quintavius Antonio Moore of Tampa. He died at St. Joseph's Hospital at 4:30 p.m., hours after the confrontation at Baker's Mini Mart at 2504 N Armenia Ave.

Officers say store owner Taquanda Shanti Baker, 31, shot twice, striking Moore once.

Baker, of Riverview, told police Moore had walked into the store around 10:45 a.m. and asked for change for a bill. He returned 30 minutes later, armed with a handgun and pointing it at her.

Baker said she drew her own gun and accidentally fired one round into the ground, then another at the armed suspect.

"He pulled out a gun, I reached in my pocket and pulled mine out, but as I pulled mine out it fired off," Baker told Bay News 9 at the scene. "So, I'm thinking it was going to scare him, but when I turned to look he still had the gun pointed at my shoulder probably, and I just shot again and it hit him and he dropped his gun and stumbled back and he just fell on the floor."

She ran out of the store and flagged down a Tampa police officer driving on Armenia Avenue. Baker lifted her shirt, showing Officer Irene Thomas she had a gun. The officer took the gun and went into the store, where the teen was on the ground.

Thomas called paramedics, who took Moore to a hospital. Then she talked to the owner.

"She was saying, 'I just shot somebody. I think he was trying to rob me,' " Thomas recalled.

Police would not say whether they had found a second gun.

Moore, of Tampa, was not enrolled in a local high school, according to the Hillsborough County school district. State records show that he had been arrested in November on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, causing property damage of between $200 and $1,000.

A woman at the scene who identified herself as the store owner's mother said she's glad her daughter is all right. She said Baker has three children.

Baker has owned the store for about three years and has owned a gun the entire time, said her mother, Brenda Davis.

"It's dangerous out here," she said. "You've got to protect yourself."

Police said they were still verifying whether Baker has a concealed weapons permit, but it appeared she does.

No charges have been filed in the shooting, which remains under investigation.

Times research John Martin contributed to this report.

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