TAMPA – A 20-year-old man died after being shot early Sunday morning in the Ybor City nightclub district, and a suspect in the shooting has been charged with first-degree murder, the Tampa Police Department said. .
Around 2:50 a.m., as bars and nightclubs in the heart of the city prepared to close for the night, Tampa police said a melee involving multiple people broke out at the intersection of E Seventh Avenue and N 16th Street – in front of the Centro Ybor Complex and 7-11 convenience store, through a brick entrance leading to the public parking lot.
During the scuffle, police say a 21-year-old man shot a 20-year-old man in the upper body. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Tampa police confirmed the man had died.
Officers were already lining the streets, preparing to help clear them as nightclubs and bars closed for the night, and heard the gunshots in time to witness the aftermath, the Tampa Police Department said. Several officers saw the suspect, Jatony Tykeese Torres, attempt to flee the scene and were able to chase him down almost immediately, the agency said.
Police were able to arrest Torres about three blocks south of the intersection where the gun went off, near the corner of N 16th Street and E Fourth Avenue.
Officers also recovered a firearm from Torres while taking him into custody.
Torres, 21, was incarcerated at Orient Road Prison for felony aggravated bodily harm with grievous bodily harm, aggravated bodily harm with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm.
However, when his victim died of his injuries, the aggravated battery charge was escalated to first-degree murder, Tampa police said.
The 20-year-old victim was not identified by Tampa police due to the agency’s interpretation of Florida’s Marsy Law.
Meanwhile, local law enforcement is working to identify a second person involved in the scuffle who they believe was armed and fired at least one shot from their gun during the fight.
There is no evidence that the second male shooter actually punched anyone during the incident, and investigators are still trying to piece together what caused the fight to break out. Police said the shooting appears to be an isolated incident and investigators do not believe there is a threat to the general public.
Still, police said the investigation is ongoing and in its early stages.
Anyone with information about the shooting or those involved is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130 or share information through Tip411, which is on the Tampa PD app.