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Police: Latest Seminole Heights shooting appears unrelated to three recent homicides

Posted at 4:17 PM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-05 17:46:45-05

Tampa police are investigating a report of a man wounded in a shooting in Seminole Heights early Sunday morning.

The incident does not appear to be related to three recent fatal shootings in the east Tampa neighborhood.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, police officers responded to a call at the Shell gas station at 5320 N. Florida Ave. about a man who had been shot, a Tampa Police Department news release said. 

The man, identified as Leonardo Iciano-Perez of Tampa, told police he was traveling eastbound on East Hillsborough Avenue when he noticed a dark colored, older model vehicle, possibly an Infiniti, followed him, the release said.

Iciano-Perez turned to go south on Nebraska Avenue then turned east on East Giddens Avenue.

About that time someone in the pursuing vehicle fired several shot at Iciano-Perez's vehicle, hitting it several times.

The suspect vehicle sped away east on Giddens Avenue then north on North 15th Street, the release said.

Iciano-Perez was grazed by a bullet to the back of the head. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Multiple shell casings were found on North Nebraska and East Giddens avenues.

The motive behind the shooting is unknown, police said in the release.

The shooting does not appear to be related to any other known shootings or active investigations at this time, authorities added.

Tampa police are currently seeking the public's help to find the person or individuals responsible for shooting three people on the streets of Southeast Seminole Heights in the past month. Police said those incidents are related.