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Warrant shows fight over pills led to Tampa roommate shooting

TAMPA — A 46-year-old man sat outside his home covered in blood and admitted shooting his roommate, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

Michael R. Taylor, of 10228 N Oakleaf Ave., told police his roommate, Evan J. White, also 46, had ruined his life by selling him pills, the warrant said.

Taylor said he pointed a revolver at White and demanded pills Jan. 15, but White took the gun from him and hit him on the head. Taylor got a second gun, chased White from the house and shot him, the warrant said.

White was taken in critical condition to St. Joseph's Hospital. Both guns were found in the front yard, the warrant said.

Taylor faces charges of attempted felony murder, robbery with a firearm for less than $300 and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remained Tuesday in the Hillsborough County Jail on $507,500 bail.