(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)
Police detectives said they don't know how Jacob Osteen Cash and Willie Edward McCloud crossed paths on an Ybor City street Tuesday, but the result was deadly.
As the two men argued on Seventh Avenue and 23rd Street, Cash, 23, pulled out a Glock 9mm handgun and shot McCloud, 40, several times in the chest, said Tampa police Sgt. George McNamara.
McCloud was taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.
"He (Cash) claims self-defense, but our evidence supports a charge of second-degree murder," McNamara said.
Authorities said Cash stole a car Sunday from Moss Auto Sales in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C., and made his way south to Tampa.
McCloud, who is from Alabama, had been staying in the area with a girlfriend.
Just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Cash and McCloud were seen arguing near the car on Seventh Avenue.
Cash pulled out his gun, shot McCloud and ran from the area, McNamara said. McCloud drove off in the car Cash was driving and crashed it at 21st Street and Palm Avenue.
Witnesses gave police a description of a suspect, and Cash was found at 11 a.m., with blood on his clothes, hiding in a rooming house at 2222 Fourth Ave., McNamara said.
Cash told authorities he shot McCloud after McCloud tried to rob him, McNamara said.
McCloud's death was the 34th slaying in Tampa this year.
Cash was charged with second-degree murder and grand theft auto.
He was held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail.