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Tampa police, Marshals arrest attempted murder suspect

TAMPA — Police and U.S. Marshals surrounded a north Tampa home Thursday evening and asked a man suspected of shooting a man in the face to come out peacefully.

Vandie Aaron Adams, 34, came out without resisting and was charged with attempted murder for the second time in three years, according to Tampa police.

Investigators said Adams was tossed out of nightclub at Floribraska Avenue and Florida Avenue on Nov. 7 and began acting very combative with bystanders.

He yelled, "Who wants some of this?" said Laura McElroy, a police spokeswoman.

Then he approached Francis Meza, 34, who was standing with a friend, and pointed a gun in his face, police said.

"The gun clicked the first two times he pulled the trigger," McElroy said. "The third time he shot the victim in the face."

Meza was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face.

Adams was acquitted of an attempted murder charge where police said he shot a man several times inside a night club of Jan. 20, 2008, McElroy said.

Adams, who lists himself as a mechanic in jail records, was held without bail Friday night.

Tampa police, Marshals arrest attempted murder suspect 11/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 7:13pm]
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