Person of interest ID'd in Tampa shootings

Tampa, Florida - Tampa police are warning citizens to be careful after two people were randomly shot and no one has been arrested. As of now, investigators say they don't know if the shootings are connected.

However, they do have a person of interest in the shootings and released his photo taken from surveillance video at the restaurant where a person was shot around 4:30 Friday evening.

The first shooting happened at the Best for Less Restaurant on North 22nd Street on Thursday night. The gunman ran inside the restaurant and shot the manager's friend twice, once in the chest and once in the arm.

Police say the victim shot is 53-year-old Noel Barnes. 10 News was first to talk with the manager, right after he visited Barnes at the hospital.

"We just want everything to be calm... I don't know the motive," said Lawrence Francis.

VIDEO: Full interview with Lawrence Francis

Witnesses say the suspect ran away on foot. Then minutes later and several miles away, police say 18-year-old Cory Smith was riding his bike when someone said "Give it up!" and then shot him.

Police say there's no vehicle description. They need your help - call them if you have information about this. They are also offering a cash reward. Anyone with information about either of these armed robberies is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477) or text "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.


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