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Valrico man shot in car after attempted robbery

VALRICO — A Valrico man was seriously injured Monday morning, police said, after being shot several times in his car near University Oakwood Apartments.

Michael Howard, 35, of Valrico was reportedly sitting in his green 2001 Chrysler Sebring around 1:30 a.m. near N Lantana and E 113th avenues when a man approached and demanded cash at gunpoint. Howard was shot multiple times after he tried to drive away, police said.

Howard stopped a police vehicle not far from the shooting scene and told them he had been shot. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

There were no further reports on Howard's condition or any arrests in the case as of 6 a.m. An investigation remained under way.

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