The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has arrested the suspect responsible for shooting and hospitalizing a child Saturday.
Jontavius Monroe, 33, was arrested on November 9, 2021, without incident.
He faces charges of:
Attempted Murder in the First Degree Premeditated Firearm - Great Bodily Harm
Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm and Deadly Weapon
Discharge Firearm from a Vehicle (Occupant)
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Shooting At, Within, or Into a Vehicle
Monore is an eight-time felon. He is in jail with no bond.
UPDATE 1:Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have identified the suspect wanted in a shooting that hospitalized a child earlier today.
Jontavius Laquan Shaeron Monroe, 33, is an eight-time convicted felon. He faces multiple charges, including Aggravated Battery, Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Discharge Firearm from a Vehicle, Shooting Into a Vehicle, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Anyone with information regarding his current whereabouts is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.
ORIGINAL RELEASE:The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that left one child shot in Seffner.
On November 6, 2021, at 10:05 a.m., the suspect engaged in a verbal dispute with another customer at the CITGO gas station, located at 12020 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Following the exchange, the suspect was observed following the other customer out of the parking lot, heading north on Pine Street. While driving in their respective vehicles, the suspect pulled up next to the other customer's car, and shot into it, striking a child in the leg. The juvenile victim was transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.
"A verbal dispute between two grown men should never end with a child being shot, and I pray for the child's quick recovery," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Not only did this suspect put the lives of the victim and the other customer in danger, but also all those who shared the road with them while this incident took place."
The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black sweater, white t-shirt, and black pants. He is believed to be driving a black, four-door BMW 3 Series car. Additional photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle are provided below.
At this time, there is believed to be no threat to the public.
If you have any information regarding the suspect, or the incident itself, you're urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office by calling (813) 247-8200.