Man arrested in shooting that killed 23-year-old man in East Tampa

Nathaniel O'Neal

Nathaniel O'Neal, 21

An argument over a woman led to the Monday night shooting that killed Akime Casey, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies. On Wednesday, detectives arrested the man they say is responsible.

Nathaniel R. O'Neal, 21, faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting. He was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail early Wednesday morning and held without bail.

O'Neal was hanging out with Casey, 23, Monday night along with three other people in an apartment at 4802 Sims Inlet Road, sheriff's deputies said. Casey asked about O'Neal's relationship with one of the women in the group and another witness told him the two were boyfriend and girlfriend.

O'Neal took offense to Casey's query, deputies said. The two exchanged words before Casey grabbed a pocket knife and stepped outside. O'Neal, followed, carrying a handgun.

Shortly after 9 p.m., neighbors in the apartment complex heard several gunshots. A few minutes later, O'Neal returned to the apartment and told the others to leave, deputies said.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the complex at 9:22 p.m. and found Casey dead in a courtyard area. Subsequent interviews with witnesses led to O'Neal's arrest.

O'Neal has a history of several arrests as both a juvenile and an adult. Most recently, in August he was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to state and court records. In March, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of battery and was sentenced to time served.

Man arrested in shooting that killed 23-year-old man in East Tampa 06/11/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:33am]

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