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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-070

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 22, 2016
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060


    One man died from gunshot wounds and three people were transported to area hospitals.
    • Saturday
    • February 20, 2016
    • Time: 4:15 AM
    • Smokin Bull Hooka Bar
    • 2810 East Bearss Avenue
    • Tampa

    Victim: (deceased )

    Manuel Ortiz, Jr.
    D.O.B 09/28/87


    Homicide detectives are conducting a homicide investigation at the Smokin Bull Hooka Bar located at 2810 East Bearss Avenue in Tampa.

    On February 20, 2016 just after 4:15 am, deputies were notified of a shooting at the Smokin Bull Hooka Bar. When deputies arrived, they found a large crowd and multiple victims with gun shot wounds.  A total of four victims were transported to various local hospitals. One victim has died while the other three victims are being treated for their injuries.

    The investigation continues.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect(s) is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect(s) and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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