TAMPA — A 19-year-old Tampa man was arrested Friday for the June shooting death of a grandmother spending a night with her family.
Tampa police arrested Tyrell Rashard Warren of 714 Floribraska Ave. on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in a possession of a firearm. They say he was trying to shoot another man June 23 when a stray bullet struck Maria Rivera-Contreras, 57.
That night, around 9:45 p.m., Rivera-Contreras was sitting in the back of a blue Honda Civic with her 16-year-old great-granddaughter and 9-year-old great-nephew, who was playing a video game on her cell phone.
Rivera-Contreras had just moved to Tampa from Puerto Rico to seek a better life and was spending her first night in town with her brother, Victor Rivera, delivering food to a friend with plans to visit Ybor City.
The car had just pulled into the friend's driveway on N Jefferson Street when the boy, Jeanny Manuel, turned to show his "titi," or aunt, his high score. About 90 feet away, four shots rang out in the 400 block of E Columbus Drive. The stray bullet entered through an open car window and struck Rivera-Contreras in the head.
She was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital.
When Tampa police arrived at the scene, a large crowd was gathered in the parking lot of Central Court Apartments. Investigators learned of an ongoing feud between Warren, who is known as "B.B.," and another man. Witnesses said Warren was on the north side of Columbus Drive and fired a gun at the other man.