Late Tuesday night, Tampa Police responded to what was originally reported as a vehicle crashing into the guardrail in the southbound lanes of Interstate 275. Officers arrived to find a 2015 blue Dodge with multiple bullet holes resting against the center concrete guardrail. The driver, a 22-year-old black male, was found suffering from a gunshot to the upper body. Tampa Fire Rescue transported the driver to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed at 11:31 PM to allow the scene to be processed, reopening at 6:30 AM.
It is very early in the investigation and detectives are working to develop leads to determine where the incident originated and what led to the shooting. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Crimestoppers of Tampa Bay at 800.873.TIPS.