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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-359

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 21, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Man In Shooting Spree Sentenced To Life In Prison

    Shooting rampage covered multiple locations and left a nineteen year old girl dead.
    • Thursday
    • September 20, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect:

    Andre Watkins
    DOB: 11/13/1956
    Hillsborough County Jail

     

    Details:

    On September 20,  2012, Andre R.Watkins plead guilty to all charges stemming from a 2010 Town-n-Country shooting spree that resulted in the murder of a 19 year old girl and 2 others shot, including a store clerk. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez sentenced Watkins to eight (8) LIFE SENTENCES with no possibility of parole.

    Convictions:
     
    • First Degree Murder
    • Attempted Murder - 5 Counts
    • Armed Carjacking
    • Armed Kidnapping
    PREVIOUS RELEASE:

    On February 12, 2010 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Andre R. Watkins, went on a shooting rampage in the Town-n-Country area.

    First Incident occurred at a convenience store (7-11) located at Linebaugh and Plantation.

    Watkins carjacked a F150 pickup truck in the parking lot and forced the victim at gunpoint to drive him to the address of 10536 Chadbourne Drive where the second incident occurs. When they arrived at the Chadbourne address, Watkins removed the keys of the F-150, leaves the owner in the truck and walks to a car that is occupied by three individuals (2 males and 1 female).

    Watkins fires several rounds at the vehicle. The two male victims run from the scene unharmed, the female passenger, Alyssa Marie Aracich, DOB 12-7-90 dies at the scene as a result of her injures.

    Watkins then forced the victim in the Fl50 to drive him back to the convenience store where Watkins exits the vehicle and gets into his vehicle - Red GTO. Watkins drives to his mother's residence at 10806 Wingate Drive where he then gets into a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu.

    He then drives to the third location -10917 Brightside Drive. Watkins knocks on the door and when the door is answered by an adult male, Watkins shoots him and leaves.

    Watkins then drives to the forth location- BP Station located at Linebaugh and Anderson Road. At that location, Watkins enters the store and shoots the clerk (adult male) and then flees.

    Watkins then drives to the fifth location - 8583 Briar Grove where he approaches a male victim in the yard and starts shooting at the victim. The victim flees into the house with the suspect chasing him and continuing to fire shots. The victim was able to flee without being harmed.

    At approximately 1:00 a.m. February 13, 2010, deputies located Watkins at the Marathon Gas Station located at Interstate 4 and Forbes Road. Watkins had just finished pumping gas when deputies surrounded his vehicle and were able to take him into custody before he was able to get back into his vehicle. He was arrested without incident.

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