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North Tampa shootings occur minutes apart

Police are working to determine if the same suspect is responsible for two shootings in North Tampa on Thursday night.

The first incident occurred at 9:19 p.m. at Best for Less, a restaurant at 11618 N. 22nd St., a few blocks south of University Mall.

According to police, an intruder with a gun shot a 53-year-old man and grabbed a gold chain off the neck of a 56-year-old man. The wounded man was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later listed as stable, police said.

Ten minutes later, a 19-year-old man was shot while riding his bike east on East Linebaugh Avenue, just east of Nebraska Avenue about 1½ miles away.

The bicyclist told police he passed a parked vehicle at Jasmine Avenue and noticed an armed man approaching from behind. According to police, the armed man said, “Give it up” and fired several shots that hit the bicyclist, police said.

He was later transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives released stills taken from surveillance video of a “person of interest” in the robbery at the restaurant and are working to determine if that person was involved in the second armed robbery.

Anyone with information on these cases was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or text “CSTB” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tipsters leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

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