Police investigating double murder in New Tampa

By Laurie Davison, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:28 PM EDT

Tampa Police are investigating a double homicide Friday evening at a condominium complex in New Tampa.

  • Man entered smoke shop and confessed to double murder
  • Investigators believe crime was not random
  • Substance or package at crime scene triggered haz-mat response

Investigators said a man entered the Green Planet Smoke Shop in the Shoppes at Amberly around 5:30 p.m. and told people in the store that he'd just shot two people in a nearby condominium. Witnesses in the store said the man was armed.

People in the store called 911, and when police responded to the scene, they were able to take the man into custody.

After interviewing him, investigators went to The Hampton at Tampa Palms condominiums, where they found the bodies of two dead men.

Investigators believe the crime was not random, and that the shooter knew the two victims.

Investigators also discovered a substance at the crime scene that triggered a Haz-Mat response. Police evacuated several units within the complex, and haz-mat units responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported at the shop where the subject made his confession.

No further information has been released. The investigation is ongoing.