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Suspect arrested in shooting near 7th Ave


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A suspect has been arrested by the Tampa Police Department following a fatal shooting that occurred early Sunday morning on N 16th Street.

At approximately 2:50 AM on October 23, 2022, as nightlife establishments were closing, a physical altercation broke out between several individuals at the intersection of N 16th St and E 7th Ave. The suspect involved, a 21-year-old male, attacked and shot the victim, a 20-year-old male, striking him in the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Multiple Tampa Police Officers were on scene at the time of the incident working to clear the crowds as the bars and nightclubs were closing. Due to their close proximity, officers heard the sound of gunfire and immediately began chasing after the potential suspect seen fleeing on foot. With the help of the Aviation Unit, Officers caught the individual three blocks south at the intersection of N 16th St and E 4th Ave. A firearm was recovered on him.

Jatony Tykees Torres, 21, of Valrico, was questioned by detectives and arrested for first degree premeditated murder.

Tampa Police are working to identify a second male who was armed and fired a weapon during the ordeal. There is no indication that he hit anyone.

Anyone with information related to this ongoing investigation is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130 or share information through Tip411, which can be found on the Tampa PD app.