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Tampa man arrested in hospital for fatal Temple Terrace shooting

TEMPLE TERRACE — A 45-year-old Tampa man was arrested in a hospital Friday in the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman outside a bowling alley the day before.

Temple Terrace police arrested Johnny Gaston Alicea of 2514 Cluster Ave. on a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm. Alicea remained at Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Friday.

Police said he killed Jillian Rae Boone, 20, with a shotgun and then shot himself Thursday in front of onlookers in the parking lot of the Terrace Sports bowling alley and arcade.

Boone, of 383 Westwinds Drive in Palm Harbor, is survived by her mother, father, and 3-year-old daughter. Attempts to reach the family were unsuccessful.

Aside from the identities of those involved in Thursday's violence, little else was known about the case.

Temple Terrace authorities said Friday they had made no further progress in figuring out the relationship between Alicea and Boone, or a possible motive.

"We're working to get this thing wrapped up as fast as we can," said Deputy Police Chief Bernie Seeley, who added detectives were working from the office and in the field, interviewing family members and associates to learn more about the case.

Officers did recover the weapon, a shotgun, used in the shooting.

"It was strictly between the two of them, we believe," Temple Terrace police spokesman Mike Dunn said at the crime scene Thursday.

Candy Hildreth, 49, of Seffner said she was pulling out of a Kmart parking lot across E Busch Boulevard when she heard a gunshot from across the street.

The man, she said, shot the woman twice — first in the mouth. Then, he shot himself, fell to the ground and climbed on top of the woman, Hildreth said.

He continued waving the gun. People nearby stayed back until officers arrived.

"I'm so upset," Hildreth told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. "It's a really devastating thing to see. I've never seen anything like it."

The chaos erupted around 1:40 p.m. at the bowling alley at 5311 E Busch Blvd.

The couple were seen together talking on the north side of Busch Boulevard, across from the bowling alley. They crossed the street, and that's when witnesses heard gunshots.

Police said Boone was dead when officers arrived.

Contact Anne Steele at asteele@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3400. Follow @annemariesteele.

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