TAMPA — Police are searching for a suspect in a deadly shooting that sprung from a dispute over an illegally parked car in North Tampa Friday night.
David Rolon, 41, of 718 E Wood St., is wanted for questioning about a confrontation that occurred outside his home at 9:45 p.m., during his joint birthday party with his son.
Police said a 29-year-old man came out of the house next door, at 720 E Wood St., to dispute cars being illegally parked at the property.
Investigators believe Rolon punched the man in the chest, then shot him.
The victim has not yet been identified, pending notification of his family. His girlfriend called the police, but he died before paramedics arrived.
Several neighbors said they heard a commotion about 9 p.m., but saw nothing.
Carlos Pantoja said he heard a gunshot and stayed inside his house with his wife and son. He'd never talked to the residents of 720 or 718 E Wood St., but he said he often hears groups talking loudly outside the homes on weekend nights.
He said other residents have called the police about activities at those houses, and Pantoja tells his son to stay away from the people who live there.
Nearby resident Nick Markou, said he heard something that sounded like a car crash Friday night, so he ran outside to check his son-in-law's car. He went back inside his house after he saw it was unharmed.
Markou said he's lived in the neighborhood, which is just south of Busch Boulevard and east of Interstate 275, for about 20 years, and he hasn't heard of any problems with violence.
"I'm surprised," he said.
Police ask anyone with information to call (813) 231-6130.