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Search for Tampa shooting suspect goes to billboards

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The manhunt for the suspect in a fatal shooting last weekend in Tampa has spread to dozens of digital billboards in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Police are looking for Demetrius Parks, 23, and several organizations are offering a combined $16,000 reward for information leading to his arrest in connection with the shooting of a manager Sunday at a Family Dollar store in Tampa. The 28 signs are courtesy of CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel Outdoor.

"He is still in this area," Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said Wednesday. "Our belief is he is armed and dangerous."

Parks has been arrested for 37 felonies and 25 misdemeanor charges, Castor said.

Police said Parks was robbing the store when he fatally shot Horsley Shorter Jr., who had retired from the Army, moved to Tampa to help his elderly mother and got a job as the manager at the store, located at 4900 N. 40th St.

Parks has served three years in state prison on weapons charges. Since his release March 31, he has been arrested four times for burglary, grand theft, opposing an officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Castor said.

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