Dispute between neighbors leaves one dead, four injured in Hillsborough County

Posted at 3:37 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 18:02:37-04

Deputies are investigating a dispute between neighbors that left one person dead and four in the hospital with stab wounds.

Around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded an incident at 1322 Windsor Way, which is just a few blocks east of 78th Street. When they arrived on scene they found multiple people injured.

The Sheriff's Office reports there are five victims: three adults, two juveniles. All five suffered stab wounds. Two individuals were transported to the hospital by friends of theirs, three were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The victims consist of 17-year-olds Marvin Morris and Jarvin Morris, 20-year-old Steven Tolbert and 23-year-olds Ronnie Ponder and Johnny Morris. Colonel Donna Lusczynski has identified 23-year-old Johnny Morris Jr. as the deceased, while the other four stabbed all sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Family members say Morris was stabbed in the neck. And now leaves behind a 4-year-old son.

"He was a damn good kid. It hurts me so bad. He did not deserve it. He did not deserve it." Morris's aunt, Sheila Washington-Brewton, said.

According to family members, the fight was the culmination of an ongoing feud between neighbors. The Morris family says they don't know why their neighbors don't like them, but it wasn't the first time they had fought. One of the 17-year-old brothers involved in the fight said they had been in an altercation a few weeks ago. Sheriff's office records show deputies were dispatched to the address on May 15th because of a fight.

"Straight hands. It was straight hands. Now they brought knives to a fight," the 17-year-old said.

Since March, deputies have responded to the two homes a total of 14 times.

Deputies have not stated who did the stabbing at this time. Multiple people are being questioned during this ongoing investigation.