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Suspect identified in Tampa Family Dollar murder

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Demetrius Parks, suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a Tampa Family Dollar store manager. Demetrius Parks, suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a Tampa Family Dollar store manager.
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Tampa police have identified a suspect in connection with the shooting death of a Family Dollar store manager.

Wednesday afternoon, Tampa police said they were looking for Demetrius Parks, 23. A reward of $16-thousand dollars has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Parks.

7/15/2013 Related Story: Tampa police find car connected to Family Dollar murder

On Sunday, officials say the suspect walked into the North 40th Street Family Dollar Store and demanded money from an employee behind the counter.

49-year-old Horsley Shorter, Jr, a manager, came out from his office and ran over to help. Police said the suspect shot the manager before leaving the scene in the manager's car.

Police found the stolen car, belonging to the manager, a short time later.

The 26-year Army veteran died from his injuries.

Parks have been arrested 4 times since March 2012, following his release from Florida State Prison on weapons charges. Police said he has faced dozens of felony and misdemeanor charges. "He is a career criminal who is a threat to our community," according to Tampa police.

7/14/2013 Related Story: Tampa Police investigate robbery homicide at Family Dollar store

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