TAMPA, Fla. — A man accused of several attempted robberies and home invasions might also have been involved in the shooting of a woman who was feeding neighborhood cats.
Derrick Lamont Walker, 22, faces several charges, including attempted robbery home invasion, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release.
As a man parked his car at home around 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Rosemount Drive, deputies say Walker made an approach. He began some small talk with the man as he got his mail, only to rush toward him as the man ran inside his house and locked the door.
Walker banged on the door and turned its knob in an attempt to get inside, deputies say. When that failed, he pulled out a 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun and fired a single shot through the glass front door.
No one was hurt, and Walker left.
Deputies say he went to another house on Rosemount Drive and knocked on a neighbor's door, only to point a gun at a person who quickly shut and locked his door.
Hillsborough County deputies spotted Walker as they arrived in the neighborhood and arrested him after a chase.
An investigation is ongoing to figure out if Walker is the suspect in the early Saturday robbery of a woman feeding cats outside her home -- she lives about a mile away from the afternoon incidents. The woman was shot in the leg after the gun fired when she slapped it out the suspect's hand.
Authorities found Walker's gun was stolen out of Pasco County, the news release states.
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