Tampa Police Identify Victim in Fatal Shooting

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VICTIM: Justin Vancleff Heilig, DOB: 12/05/1983, B/M, from Salisbury, North Carolina


The investigation into the fatal shooting that claimed Justin Heilig’s life early Sunday morning on September 30 is still ongoing.  Detectives are working tirelessly to gather evidence and conduct interviews to identify the suspect(s) involved in this murder investigation.  Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that the shooting was random. However, the motive and the reason why Heilig was in the Tampa area remains unclear at this time.


Detectives are encouraging home and business owners in the Hyde Park area to review their private surveillance systems for any suspicious activity that may have been caught on camera when Heilig was located in the 600 block of South Willow Avenue at 4:26 a.m.  Any individual who discovers suspicious activity during this timeframe is asked to contact the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.


Anyone who has information that would assist in identifying the suspect(s) in this homicide investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.  Anonymous tips provided to Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 in cash.


Janelle McGregor

Tampa PD Spokesperson




Tampa Police Investigating Early Morning Homicide


DATE/TIME: September 30, 2018 at approx 4:26 a.m.


LOCATION: 600 Block of South Willow Avenue


VICTIM: B/M 20 to 30 years old




Tampa Police officers are actively investigating a fatal shooting involving a male victim between the age of 20 to 30 years old. A neighbor heard gunshots and immediately called police shortly before 4:30 am on September 30. When officers arrived they located the male victim in the 600 block of South Willow Avenue. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.


Detectives are meticulously combing the scene for evidence and interviewing neighbors to develop leads that would assist with identifying the suspect(s) and determining the circumstances that led up to the fatal incident.


Detectives are urging community members in the area to review their home/business surveillance for suspicious activity that may have been caught on camera around the time the shooting occurred. Anyone who locates suspicious activity on their surveillance cameras are asked to contact the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.


Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $3,000 for anonymous information that leads to the identity of the suspect(s).


Additional information will be provided, to include the identity of the deceased victim, once it becomes available.