Second homicide takes place at Tampa apartment complex in one week
TAMPA, FL – There’s nothing particularly spooky about the Willow Brooke apartment complex.
Located at 14417 Hellenic Drive on North 42nd Street between Fletcher Avenue to the south and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to the north, the apartment complex is in an apartment-filled area housing students attending the University of South Florida nearby and young tech companies have gathered along the Interstate 74 corridor.
It’s a little more chic than the average university accommodation. Surrounded by a majestic brick wall, it has a clubhouse, business center, fitness center and on-site management housed in a trendy cracker-style structure with an aluminum roof. There is a swimming pool, playground and a picturesque pond filled with lily pads. One and two bedroom apartments rent for $ 1,000 to $ 1,065 per month.
So, is it a coincidence or does the apartment complex harbor a criminal element that resulted in two unrelated gunshot deaths in less than a week?
This is what Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating as they investigate the second homicide at the apartment complex.
Detectives say they now have a suspect in the deadly July 9 shooting at the apartment complex, but believe up to three people were involved in the homicide.
Detectives said Katrell Hubbard, 25, is wanted on one count of second degree murder (firearm discharge).
On Friday July 9, shortly before 10 p.m., deputies were called to the residence for a record of gunfire. Inside one of the apartments, they found a man who had died from gunshot wounds to his upper body.
Detectives believe Hubbard is one of three people involved in the shooting.
Hubbard has a slim build, is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and has short dreadlocks. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.
“Our detectives are working to identify those responsible for this terrible crime which reflects a total disregard for human life,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
He said it was concerning that the apartment complex had been the site of two recent murders.
“Unrelated to each other, this is the second homicide this apartment community has faced in less than a week,” Chronister said. “We urge anyone who knows anything about this matter to come forward and help us find these criminals.”
On Wednesday July 7, a resident of Willow Brooke called 911 to report gunshots inside their apartment. The caller said a man and a woman were arguing shortly before gunshots broke out.
Upon arrival, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s SWAT team found the body of a woman inside the apartment.
On Thursday, U.S. Marshals Service deputies arrested Demontrey Jackson, 22, at a hotel in the Rocky Point area of ââTampa and charged him with premeditated first degree murder in the death of Willow Brooke’s woman.
Chronister said the two shooting victims, who were not named due to Marsy’s Law, the Florida law that protects the identity of victims of crime, appear to have been targeted. However, the crimes are unrelated, leading detectives to lean more toward coincidence.
While there have been cases of street gangs settling into housing projects in the city of Tampa, resulting in regular calls to the police, that doesn’t appear to be the case here.
Patch contacted the management of the apartment complex but did not receive a response. Two residents who were contacted declined to comment.