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Deputies: Man fatally shot after argument in Tampa's university area

TAMPA — Two men were shot Monday, one fatally, after an argument with another man at an apartment complex west of the University of South Florida, deputies said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's ShotSpotter system detected the firing of six rounds about 8:50 p.m. in the area of 136th Avenue and 21st Street, just north of Fletcher Avenue.

Shortly after, authorities received a report of a victim with gunshot wounds at an apartment at 13601 N 21st St. Deputies arrived and found 31-year-old Matthew Wissmann dead with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body.

A second victim, Carlos Taylor, was hit by at least one gunshot and was taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, authorities said.

Taylor, 33, told investigators a man he knows approached him and Wissmann. The men argued and the man left. He later returned and shot at Wissman and Taylor, Taylor told investigators. Deputies said the shooting may be drug related.

The shooter was described as a 6-foot-2 black man weighing 160 to 170 pounds with a short beard. He was wearing a red-and-black baseball cap, red tank top or jersey-style shirt, blue or black shorts. He was riding a bicycle.

ShotSpotter is a gunshot tracking system that the Sheriff's Office purchased last year for installation in the university area. It uses a network of sensitive microphones to detect when and where gunshots are fired in public.

Deputies ask anyone with information about the suspect to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-8477. Tips can be reported anonymously online at or by using the P3 Tips mobile application.