TAMPA, Fla. — The family of a man shot and killed on Thursday is urging the community to come forward with tips in the case.
This comes as Tampa's police chief calls gun violence a "major concern" in the city.
Tampa police say six people were shot, two of them killed, Thursday night in the 1200 block of East Palifox Street.
Ernest Fisher says his son, 33-year-old Ernest Fisher Jr., was killed during Thursday’s shooting spree in Southeast Seminole Heights.
“It’s a shame you can’t sit on your own porch or in your yard, enjoy yourself, but people come by and shoot you and stuff for no reason at all,” said Fisher.
It follows another deadly shooting Tuesday at a basketball court near East 50th and Sligh Avenue in East Tampa.
According to TPD, more than 100 people have been shot since March, and gun crimes in the City of Tampa nearly doubled this year compared to last.
“They just killing innocent people,” said Ola Conner, Fisher’s grandmother. “People that didn’t deserve that, you know. He didn’t deserve that.”
Fisher’s family is now joining the police chief in calling for witnesses or accomplices to come forward and help catch their loved one’s killer.
“Step forward and if you know something, say something,” said Fisher’s father. “Don’t hide it, don’t be scared.”
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) involved in this case.
Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), or report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com.