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Three separate shootings reported in Tampa

TAMPA — Three separate shootings were reported in Tampa Wednesday night and early Thursday, including one in which a man fatally shot himself during an argument.

The first was at 8:15 p.m. at 4824 E Riverhills Drive. Police said Kenneth Lee Mock, 62, of Bona Vista Way in Tampa, shot himself after he shot Jeremy J. Olmstead, 27, of N 40th Street, three times. Olmstead was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in serious but stable conditions with wounds in his arm, leg and abdomen.

The argument began when Mock showed up at the home of his estranged wife and he found Olmstead there, police said. The two began fighting, and Mock fired shots at Olmstead before turning the gun on himself.

His body was turned over to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office.

The next shooting was reported just after midnight in a neighborhood near the MacDill Air Force Base.

Sgt. Joe Caravella said officers were first called to the area of W Prescott Street and S Wall Street, just north of Interbay Boulevard, but while on the way, more calls came in, and the location changed.

They ended up in the 6700 block of S Juanita Street, where they found a man with gunshot wounds in his leg. Near the first reported crime scene, at W Prescott Street at Trask Street, police found at least one bullet hole in a vehicle, Caravella said.

Police said it started at the Brittany Apartments at Dale Mabry Highway and Euclid Avenue. Several people were fighting, and eventually some drove away. But another group chased the car through South Tampa, finally arriving at Prescott and Trask streets, police said.

Nixon Duclos, 28, apparently had a knife and brandished it toward another person, who fired several rounds at Duclos.

A bullet caught him in the left thigh, and another hit a nearby car.

Police said Duclos and others followed the shooter to S Juanita Street, where police responded.

Duclos was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in good condition as police dogs searched for his shooter, who is still on the loose. That shooter is not yet considered a suspect of a crime, Caravella, noting that he may have shot in self-defense.

Caravella said the case would be turned over to the major crimes division. "There are a lot of witnesses with a lot of different stories," he said. "We feel there's more information that we may be unaware of."

Another man was shot several hours later. Details about that incident are limited.

At about 4:15 a.m., 44-year-old Henry Freeman knocked on the door of a Banza Street home just north of Ybor City and told the resident that he'd been shot and to call 911, police said.

Freeman was taken to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition, but investigators were not yet able to interview him. Police said Freeman would undergo surgery.

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