Detectives Arrest Suspect in Martindale Avenue Shooting

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Date/Time: 7/15/2012 at 9:20 p.m.

Location: 6225 Martindale Avenue, Tampa

Victim: W/M Andrew Leon Richards of 4418 W. Varn Ave. Tampa, Fl 33616 (19 yoa)

Suspect: HW/M Jonathan Xavier Torres, at large,(19 yoa)


Tampa Police Homicide Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred last night at 9:20 p.m. The shooting took place in a wooded area at 6225 Martindale Ave. The male victim was shot multiple times in the upper torso and was driven to the area of S. MacDill and W. Interbay by acquaintances. Police were then summoned and he was transported to the hospital.

Latent investigation by the Tampa Police Homicide Squad revealed that the shooting occurred subsequent to an argument between the two parties. During the argument the suspect drew a handgun and shot the victim five times. The suspect was identified by witnesses and the Tampa Police ROC Squad was able to contact the suspect and negotiate his surrender in Brandon.

The victim is still being treated for his injuries.

The suspect was charged with- Attempted Felony Murder- and booked in the Hillsborough County Jail.