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Teen charged with murder after Tampa apartment death, police say

The 17-year-old male also was charged with being a minor in possession of a firearm.
A 17-year-old Tampa teen was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and minor in possession of a firearm.
A 17-year-old Tampa teen was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and minor in possession of a firearm. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Oct. 2
Updated Oct. 2

Officers arrested and charged a 17-year-old male with first-degree murder Friday after a 19-year-old man died earlier this week from gunshot wounds at the Apartments at River Oaks in Tampa, according to police.

Detectives said witnesses were able to identify a 17-year-old male as the shooter. The Times is not naming the 17-year-old because of his age.

Related: Man, 19, shot and killed at Tampa apartment complex, police say

There was another shooting incident at the Tampa apartment complex Tuesday, police said, and the 17-year-old believed the 19-year-old man was involved. The man tried to avoid the 17-year-old, according to law enforcement, but the 17-year-old found him and shot him several times. The 19-year-old went to a hospital, where he later died from gunshot injuries.

The 17-year-old was taken to Orient Road Jail and also was charged with being a minor in possession of a firearm, police said.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.