VALRICO — The victim of last week’s fatal shooting in a Bloomingdale neighborhood was a 22-year-old Brandon man who was trying to sell marijuana to the sister of the shooter, records show.
Jesse Silver was sitting behind the wheel of a BMW sedan on Fontana Place, in the Oak Crest subdivision, when he was shot Wednesday, according to an arrest report for one of two suspects arrested in the case, Henry McGall IV.
The report, added to court records on Monday, provides new details in the shooting and subsequent investigation that resulted in the arrest of McGall and his 15-year-old sister on murder and robbery charges. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released some information about the shooting and arrests of McGall and his sister last week. The Tampa Bay Times is not naming the sister because of her age.
According to the report, Silver’s girlfriend, Jasline Carrasquillo-Sepulveda, told investigators she rode with him to the 4000 block of Fontana Place after he made arrangements on Snapchat for the marijuana deal.
The report says McGall’s sister asked to weigh the marijuana and when Silver refused, the sister reached into the car and tried to grab the marijuana. Silver held onto it. At that point, McGall walked up to the BMW’s driver side and fired once, hitting Silver in the torso, the report says.
Carrasquillo-Sepulveda, 20, told investigators he started to drive away, then stopped so she could drive. They arrived at Brandon Regional Hospital about 11 p.m. and Silver was pronounced dead at 11:52 p.m., the report says.
Detectives canvassing the neighborhood found surveillance video that showed two people, later identified as McGall and his sister, running and talking about jumping the fence into a neighboring yard. The McGall siblings live in the neighboring home on the 4000 block of Moreland Drive, the report says.
When investigators showed her a photo lineup, Silver’s girlfriend identified the sister as the person who tried to grab the marijuana, according to the report.
In an interview with detectives, the sister admitted to detectives that she contacted Silver through Snapchat and set up the marijuana deal. The sister said she never intended to buy the marijuana but planned to rob Silver. She said she knew her brother had a gun but that the plan was to only use to scare Silver, the report says. She described the incident as a “robbery gone wrong.” She said she thought Silver tried to grab the gun.
Another witness told investigators that Henry McGall admitted to shooting Silver during what was supposed to be a robbery, according to the report.
McGall told detectives he knew nothing about the incident and declined to give a statement.
Detectives arrested both McGalls on Thursday on charges of first-degree murder during an armed robbery and armed robbery resulting in death. Henry McGall was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail. His sister’s custody status was not available Monday.
A GoFundMe page was set up by Silver’s aunt, Yvette Cruz, to help the family with funeral expenses. The page says Silver was “a lover of bird watching, meditation and playing football.” Among his survivors are his mother and three sisters, the page says.
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Silver’s Facebook page says he lived in Brandon and played football at Riverview High School.