Tampa Police Investigating Two Fatal Shootings

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The incidents are not related and neither appears to be a random act of violence



DATE/TIME:            1/5/2015 at 12:20 a.m.                       

LOCATION:             3107 North Jefferson Street, Tampa  

VICTIM:                  Lyfe Coleman, DOB: 5/7/1996, B/M, 2904 Ybor Street, Tampa      


Tampa Police officers are searching for the suspect(s) involved in a shooting that left one man dead.  Officers responded to 3107 North Jefferson Street shortly after receiving a 9-1-1 call that a man was shot.  When the officers arrived at the house they found Lyfe Coleman lying on the ground in the front yard.  The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. 

At this time, homicide detectives are still investigating potential leads and interviewing witnesses to obtain a description of the suspect(s) involved in the shooting.  \ 


DATE/TIME:            1/5/2015 at 5:50 a.m.  

LOCATION:             8723 Del Ray Court, Tampa 

VICTIM:                  James Strouse, DOB: 9/15/63, B/M, 8725 Del Ray Court, Tampa 


The Tampa Police Department received a 9-1-1 call that a man was lying on the ground unresponsive outside of an apartment building.  When officers arrived on scene they located James Strouse.  The victim was shot in the upper body and died at the scene as a result of the injury.  

Homicide detectives are working to obtain a description of the suspect(s) in this case as well. 

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unidentified suspects both cases. Anyone with any information who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, text CSTB plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new Tipsubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Message & Data Rates May Apply.) 

Janelle McGregor