Suspect in custody after double shooting in South Tampa causes SWAT team to surround neighborhood

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Police Department SWAT team responded to the scene of a double shooting in South Tampa on Tuesday night.

The TPD Tactical Response Team responded to the 3300 block of W. Price Avenue around 6:30 p.m. where officers found two men who had been shot. David Lawrence Bowles, 67, and Adam Lawrence Bowles, 32, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. David Bowles suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and his son, Adam Bowles suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg. 

 

 

As a precaution, the TPD SWAT Team was called out to approach the house, in case the shooter was still inside. 

At 8:17 p.m., the suspect was located nearby, according to TPD. 

Only ABC Action News was there as Tampa Police tracked down a man at a Popeyes, located only a few blocks away. Officers put him in handcuffs and took the suspect downtown to headquarters for questioning. 

That man, according to online arrest records, is Jonathan LaCroix, 39, whose address is the home on Price Avenue where the shooting took place.

LaCroix is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and 1 count of illegally carrying a concealed firearm, according to jail records.

Police say the shootings do not appear to be random, as the suspect and victims are known to each other. At this time a motive for the shooting remains unclear. The investigation is ongoing.

Alisa Touchton claims to be the alleged shooter's ex-girlfriend. She says he and the two victims are roommates. 

"He just came up in the room and started firing up on them," said Touchton. "I pray for them and I'm going to do whatever I can to help them." 

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