TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Authorities identified the man who was shot and killed near a Tampa bar early Saturday morning.
Manuel Otiz, 28, died, three more people are at a hospital with gunshot wounds after a man opened fire at a crowd of people at the Tampa bar, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
It happened at about 4 a.m. near the Smokin Bull Hooka Bar on Bearss Avenue in Tampa. According to HCSO, it started with a verbal fight, after which a man went to his car, grabbed a gun and opened fire at a crowd of about 50 people near the bar.
He fired about 10 rounds, deputies said. When HCSO crews arrived, they found four victims with gunshot wounds. Otiz died, three others, two men, ages 20 and 22, and a woman, 33, are being treated for their injuries.
Hal Robinson who lives near the area, said he heard the shots early in the morning.”So I heard six shots and then a pause and then additional shots were fired…. ”
“So I heard six shots and then a pause and then additional shots were fired,” he said. “This bar has been specifically problematic. There’s a whole lot of other restaurants and bars in here and we’ve never had any issues. I’ve lived here for ten years.”
He said this is the third shooting they’ve had at this bar in a year.
Detectives are investigating the shooting. No arrests have been made so far.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay offered a $3,000 reward for any information that would lead to the identification and the arrest of the suspect or suspects in this case.
Stay with WFLA for more on this developing story.