Police: Store owner kills robber
TAMPA - A 16-year-old boy who tried to rob a West Tampa grocery Monday morning died after the store's owner shot him, Tampa police said. Quintavius Antonio Moore, of Tampa, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died at about 4:30 p.m., police said. "At this point the shooting appears to be self-defense," said Tampa police spokeswoman Irene Thomas. "The suspect did come in armed with a gun." "She only knows him as a regular customer that comes in," Thomas said.Moore entered Baker's Mini Mart, 2504 Armenia Ave., about 10:45 a.m. and asked the owner to make change for a bill. He returned to the store 30 minutes later armed with a handgun, police said. Moore pointed the gun at the store's owner, Taquanda Shanti Baker, who was behind the counter, police said. Baker told investigators she pulled out her handgun and accidentally shot one round into the ground. She fired again, hitting Moore, police said. Baker told detectives that at first she thought Moore had shot at her and she returned fire. But later she realized that in her nervous state she fired both rounds, police said. After Baker shot Moore, she ran out of the store and flagged down a police officer who was driving south on Armenia Avenue, police said. James Taylor, a childhood friend of Baker, said he was happy she was safe. "I'm glad she's all right," Taylor said. "She did what she had to do." The case remains under investigation.