Hillsborough County

Morning argument leads to shooting in New Tampa area

TAMPA (WFLA) - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office says a 64-year-old man was shot and critically injured after an early morning argument in the new Tampa area.

The sheriff's office says a 9-1-1 call came in just after 8:00 a.m. from a home at 10330 Goldenbrook Way.

A 28-year-old man advised the dispatcher he had been in an argument with a man in the home and had just shot him.

Cristy Phillips lives just two doors away and heard the gunfire. "I heard fireworks, what I thought was fireworks because that's what you usually here is fireworks and then I found out it was a gun." said Phillips who said she was shocked when she learned what happened, "I mean this is a quiet neighborhood, especially on this side and we didn't know what was going on in there.I'm still shaking."

The sheriff's office says the shooter and victim know each other but are not related. "They were roommates, strictly as roommates, there is no other relationship between these two individuals. There is another independent witness that did witness some of this altercation that occurred inside the house," said Major Frank Losat with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Some neighbors say they've heard arguing from the house before. Pablo Bukonja lives behind where the shooting took place and say his wife has heard angry voices coming from the home before.

"She heard them arguing really bad a couple of months ago. I don't know the details but they were arguing pretty bad. It was an older guy arguing with a lady, the homeowner," said Bukonja.
The sheriff's office is now working to determine if this is a case of self-defense. Major Losat says the shooter was cooperating with detectives.

The sheriff's office is not releasing the name of the victim.


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