Police Eliminate One Suspect in Family Dollar Murder Photo of Suspect Attached

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Anyone who recognizes this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or text a tip to CSTB 274637


DATE: 7/14/2013, 8:57 AM

LOCATION: Family Dollar Store, 4900 N 40th St. Tampa

VICTIM: Horsley Shorter Jr. DOB: 9/23/63, B/M, 3035 38th St. Tampa

SUSPECT: B/M 20's, thin build, dark complexion, black beanie, long sleeves thermal shirt, long shorts, dark blue boxers, low white socks

VEHICLE: Stolen victim's car; white Mitsubishi Mirage, 4door, Florida License Plate: AMZN75 with save the Ta-Ta's sticker on trunk and a sonic air freshner on rear view mirror.

DETAILS: The armed suspect entered the Family Dollar Store and demanded money from the employee behind the counter. A second victim, who was inside the office, saw the robbery taking place and ran out to help his co-worker. The suspect then shot the intervening employee who was a retired 26 year Army Veteran. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The suspect then forced the other employee at gunpoint out to the victim's vehicle. The suspect opened the trunk and ordered the employee to get inside it. The employee pleaded with him and the suspect eventually closed the trunk and stole the car. If anyone recognizes the suspect or has any information about this crime, they may be eligible for a reward. The public is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or text a tip to CSTB 274637.

Laura McElroy
TPD PIO