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Valrico teen siblings arrested on murder charges in Bloomingdale shooting

Deputies say Henry McGall IV shot a man after McGall’s sister tried to rob him during a drug deal in the Oak Crest subdivision.
Deputies say Henry McGall IV shot a man after McGall’s sister tried to rob him during a drug deal in a Bloomingdale subdivision.
Deputies say Henry McGall IV shot a man after McGall’s sister tried to rob him during a drug deal in a Bloomingdale subdivision. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Oct. 30, 2020
Updated Oct. 30, 2020

VALRICO — Deputies have arrested two teen siblings in connection to Wednesday’s fatal shooting in a Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Henry McGall IV, 18, and his 15-year-old sister were involved in a drug deal and botched robbery that ended with Henry McGall fatally shooting a man on Fontana Place, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested both on charges of first degree murder while engaged in robbery and robbery with a firearm resulting in death.

The Tampa Bay Times is not naming the sister because of her age.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the victim in the case drove to Fontana Place, in the Oak Crest subdivision, and was still in the car when he began speaking to the sister. A witness told investigators that the victim and the teen girl had agreed on a drug deal. But instead of following through with the transaction, the girl tried to rob the victim. Henry McGall then approached the driver’s side and fired one shot into the car, deputies said.

After the victim was struck by gunfire, he tried to drive to Brandon Regional Hospital. At some point, someone else in the car switched seats and drove the rest of the way. The victim was dead by the time they arrived at the hospital. Deputies received a 911 call from the hospital about 12:07 a.m. on Thursday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released an arrest report to the Times on Friday but redacted nearly all of the three-page document, citing an active investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office also redacted the name of the victim, citing its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to Florida’s constitutional that’s meant to protect the rights of crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been available under the state’s public records laws.

Records show McGall’s home address is on the 4100 block of Moreland Drive, one street over from Fontana Place. He was being held without bail Friday in the Hillsborough County jail.

Court records show McGall was arrested in April on charges of fleeing from a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and driving without a valid license.

According to the arrest report, a Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy responding to a suspicious vehicle call found McGall asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle at a Circle K in Plant City. When McGall woke up and saw the deputy, he started the car and refused the deputy’s commands to turn off the car and get out.

Instead, the report says, McGall shifted into reverse and accelerated, crashing into the deputy’s patrol car. He then drove away from the scene.

McGall was arrested on a warrant a week later, booked into jail and released on bail. That case is still pending.