TAMPA — Investigators have identified and interviewed the person who shot a man in Curtis Hixon Park early Sunday and are now deciding about criminal charges, police said.
Investigators also believe they have recovered the firearm used to shoot 18-year-old Antonio “Jay Jay” McGuire Jr. in the signature downtown park early Sunday, Tampa police said in a news release Thursday.
Police did not release any information about the individual they suspect or a possible motive.
“The investigation is ongoing we are reviewing the appropriate charges,” the release said.
McGuire had been shot and wounded when officers found him near the east side of the park. Paramedics took him to Tampa General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Police have previously said the shooting may be linked to a brawl that broke out hours before. About 100 people gathered at the park at 600 N Ashley Dr. shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday. A large brawl broke out, captured on nearby surveillance cameras. Tampa officers broke up the fight and the crowd.
Then at 12:14 a.m. Sunday, police received several calls reporting gunshots in the park. Officers returned to the park and said they found a wounded McGuire and rendered medical aid.
Police have asked anyone with further information about this to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at (800) 873–8477, or send anonymous tips, video or photos to crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips app.