Gulfport police identity shooting victim, continue to search for suspect

GULFPORT, Fla. (WFLA) – Gulfport Police have identified the man found shot in the 2600 block of Miriam Street South Tuesday evening. Investigators continue to search for the shooter.

Detectives say Joshua Allen Monroe, 31, was shot several times.

Monroe was transported to the Bayfront Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Detectives canvassed the neighborhood Wednesday for clues.

“I’m glad out here,” said one neighbor. “Living in the neighborhood, I try to keep an eye out to keep it safe.”

The neighbor said she saw a fire truck in the area, but assumed it was for a fire from Fourth of July celebrations, not a shooting.

“Last night it was just all fireworks, so we wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between a shot and fireworks, plus everything was really hazy,” she said.

Detectives responded to an armed person call in the neighborhood around 10:30 p.m.

“At approximately 10:35 p.m., on July 4th, we got dispatched out here for gunshots. On arrival, we observed a white male victim,” said Sgt. Thomas Woodman, with the Gulfport Police Department.

Police said Monroe was found near the front of his home with multiple gunshot wounds. A neighbor dialed 911. Investigators believe Monroe possibly knew his killer.

“We do know that it was likely one other person that was with this subject,” said Sgt. Woodman.

The shooting occurred two miles from another homicide near Crabb Paradise, but police say there is no reason to believe the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information regarding the incident has been asked to contact Gulfport police at (727)582-6177. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or http://www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org. Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward.

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