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Tampa police make 3rd arrest in Ybor City shootings

Dwayne Tillman Jr. , 21, faces attemped murder and attempted battery charges, officials said.
 
The scene following an early morning shooting along Ybor City’s 7th Avenue in Tampa on Oct. 29.
The scene following an early morning shooting along Ybor City’s 7th Avenue in Tampa on Oct. 29. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 7, 2023|Updated Dec. 8, 2023

Tampa police have identified and arrested a third person in connection with a deadly Ybor City shooting in October.

Dwayne Tillman Jr., 21, was arrested Thursday and faces one count of attempted second-degree murder and attempted aggravated battery while discharging a firearm, Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Bercaw said police have video evidence of Tillman shooting into a crowd of “thousands of people” that night in Ybor City. Witnesses who identified Tillman also contributed to his arrest.

“We will not tolerate this in Tampa,” Bercaw added.

Dwayne Eugene Tillman Jr. is pictured in a Hillsborough County jail booking photo taken after his arrest on Thursday.
Dwayne Eugene Tillman Jr. is pictured in a Hillsborough County jail booking photo taken after his arrest on Thursday. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]

Hillsborough State Attorney Suzy Lopez congratulated Tampa police and thanked community members for sending in tips that led to Tillman’s arrest.

“It is clear that he had absolutely no regard for human life and he will pay for his actions,” she said. “We should be able to enjoy a night out in our beautiful city without the fear of gunfire.”

Tillman’s charges bring mandatory minumum sentences of a combined 40 years, Lopez said.

The arrest comes the day after Bercaw shared new charges brought against 14-year-old Kadyn Abney, who is facing a second-degree murder charge in 20-year-old Harrison Boonstoppel’s death.

Police say shots were fired near the 1600 block of East Seventh Avenue in Ybor early the morning of Oct. 29 after an argument broke out between two groups. The deadly scuffle killed two and injured 16.

Hours after the shooting, police arrested Tyrell Phillips, 22., who is charged with one count of second-degree murder related to 14-year-old Elijah Wilson’s death.

Bercaw said police are still looking for additional shooters and tips about multiple people of interest shown in a video released by police.

State and federal law enforcement agencies pitched in to up the reward money for tips that lead to an arrest to $27,000, Bercaw added. Previous reward money totaled $5,000.

He asked that anyone with photos, videos or information regarding the shooting contact police through an online portal created to help with the ongoing investigation.