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Suspect faces multiple charges in April fatal shooting

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 21-079


Friday April 2, 2021 11:00 PM


Windermere Apartments Riverview, FL
Suspect faces multiple charges in April fatal shooting

Through investigative means, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect responsible for shooting and killing one victim, while critically injuring another, on April 2, 2021. 

James Scott, 27, faces charges of First Degree Felony Murder, Attempted First Degree Felony Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with Battery.


APRIL 3, 2021 -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting in Riverview. 
On Friday, April 2, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the Windermere Apartments, located on the 9000 block of Windermere Lake Drive, after reports of gunfire. Upon arrival, deputies found two victims. An adult male was pronounced dead at the scene, while an adult female was transported to a nearby hospital, where she is listed in critical, but stable, condition.
"At this time, detectives are processing the scene and working to identify the person(s) behind this attack," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Though we are in the preliminary stages of the investigation, evidence suggests this was not a random act, and these victims were targeted. Those who know something about this incident, but have yet to come forward, are urged to contact us."
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.