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Tampa man accused in January fatal shooting outside Gandy Boulevard motel

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TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder for shooting another man 11 times following an argument involving a woman, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Eliud Vega, 35, is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail in connection with the fatal shooting more than a month ago, on Jan. 3, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies say Vega shot 46-year-old Aaron Bush of St. Petersburg 11 times around 9:30 p.m. that night at the Trak Motel, 10610 Gandy Boulevard.

Vega was visiting an unidentified female acquaintance at the Twin City Mobile Home Park, near the motel, when the men got into an argument after Bush accused Vega of engaging in prostitution with the woman, the Sheriff's Office said.

Vega stayed with the woman for a short time afterward. As he was leaving the mobile home park, Bush chased after Vega and yelled racial slurs, accusing him again of engaging in prostitution, the Sheriff's Office said.

Vega turned around and drove into the motel's parking lot, where the men began arguing again, the Sheriff's Office said.

After conducting interviews and gathering evidence, detectives determined Vega shot Bush before fleeing to Tampa, the Sheriff's Office said.

Vega was arrested Tuesday night at his house near Interbay Boulevard and MacDill Air Force Base.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks Times

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