Tampa police investigate two shootings within hours, miles of each other

TAMPA — Police were investigating two separate shootings that happened late Wednesday night in the Sulphur Springs and Rowlett Park areas of Tampa.

The first shooting happened about 9:22 p.m. inside the Garden Terrace apartment complex at 8725 Del Rey Court, police said. A man, whose identity was not disclosed, was loitering in the complex when someone shot him multiple times in his arm and wrist, according to a news release.

The man was taken to a local hospital. He refused to tell officers who shot him and witnesses to the incident were not cooperating, police said.

About two hours later, two men forced their way into an apartment at 8112 N Mulberry St., police said. With gun drawn, they demanded money from a man in the apartment. When the man began to back away, one of the men shot him in the arm and chest, police said.

The two robbers fled. The injured man, whose identity was also not disclosed, was taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.

The two shootings happened about 3½ miles apart, but it was unclear whether they were related. Both remained under investigation.

Tampa police investigate two shootings within hours, miles of each other 04/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:56am]

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