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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-265

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 29, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Mosque Shooting Update

    Arrest made in mosque shooting.
    • Saturday
    • June 29, 2019
    • Time: 5:36 PM
    • Hillsborough County
    • Tampa, FL


    MD Rakibul Haque
    White Male
    DOB: 01/01/1979

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the case of a deadly shooting that occurred at a mosque in Tampa last month.

    A warrant was issued Friday afternoon, June 28, for the arrest of MD Haque, 40, for a charge of Second Degree Felony Murder with a Firearm. Haque turned himself in on Saturday afternoon, June 29. His photo is attached. The family of the shooting victim has been notified.

    No further information is available at this time. Any additional information will come through Media Alert.

    Previous Release:

    On May 20, 2019, just after midnight, an off-duty HCSO deputy had just finished working security detail at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay mosque when he heard gun shots coming from the parking lot of the mosque. The deputy found one man holding a gun and another man who had been shot at least two times.

    The deputy was able to detain the suspect shooter until additional units arrived. A firearm was recovered from the scene. The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    At this time, detectives believe the victim and the suspect knew each other. Both were at the mosque attending prayer services. The suspected shooter is cooperating. All updates will come from the Public Affairs Office. This is an active investigation.
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