Former Plant football player dies after shooting in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa Police are currently investigating the death of a 26-year-old man, who News Channel 8 has learned is former Plant High School football player, Eric Patterson. 

According to police, the shooting happened on Saturday around 5:04 a.m near W Plaza Place and North Boulevard. 

Police say a roommate of Patterson woke up after hearing a commotion inside their home. 

The roommate came out to the living area and saw an unknown suspect and Patterson lying on his back, who appeared to have been shot, police say. 

According to police, the unknown suspect fled the house. 

Police say they arrived at the house and began lifesaving measures to Patterson. Once Tampa Fire Rescue arrived, he was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

The shooting does not appear to be random.

Patterson played at Plant High School, attended Ball State University and played for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams.

Tampa Police Department has not officially confirmed Patterson was the shooting victim. News Channel 8 has independently confirmed this information. 

No other information has been released at this time. 

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