An armed man dressed in black fatally shot one of the managers at the Family Dollar store at 4900 North 40th St. on Sunday morning during a robbery, according to Tampa police.
About 9 a.m., the gunman demanded money from an employee behind the counter, when Horsley Shorter Jr. ran out of the store's office to help his co-worker and was shot, police said.
The gunman then took the other employee outside to the victim's vehicle and ordered them into the trunk, police said. The employee pleaded with the gunman, who eventually left the other worker, shut the trunk and fled in the car, according to police.
Shorter, 49, of 3035 38th St., Tampa, and a retired 26-year Army veteran, was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died.
Police are looking for a white, four-door 1995 Mitsubishi Mirage. The car has a Florida tag: AMZN75. The car also has a sticker reading "save the ta tas" on the trunk.
The suspect is a thin black male in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, long-sleeve thermal shirt, long shorts, dark blue boxers and low white socks, police said.
Police warn residents who encounter the vehicle not to touch it and call 911 or (813) 231-6130.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay has offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest of the shooter. Tipsters can call (800) 873-TIPS (8477), visit www.crimestopperstb.com, text CSTB plus the tip information to 274637 or use the free app Tipsubmit.
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