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Man charged with murder after deadly shooting at Lutz house party

Hillsborough Sheriff's Office says the motive for the shooting is unclear at this time.
Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

LUTZ, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a homicide that took place during a house party in Lutz early Wednesday morning.

Through investigative work and interviews with witnesses, Brandon Jerelle Howard, 29, was identified as the suspect linked to the deadly shooting.

Deputies said they got a call for shots fired at around 3 a.m. at a home on the 14000 block of North 30th Street.

Deputies said when they got to the house they didn't see anyone who had been hurt. But, about 20 minutes later, investigators said a man had been taken to the emergency room at Advent Health with a gunshot wound. 

The man was then taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died. 

Howard was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on Thursday, July 30. He is facing felony charges of Second Degree Murder with a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The motive for the shooting is unclear at this time.

“I commend our detectives for their continued, successful efforts to quickly solve crimes that occur in our communities and take violent individuals like Brandon Howard off of our streets,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “We are thankful for the people who came forward and shared information that helped us make an arrest within 24 hours of this homicide.”

Howard is currently being held at the Orient Road Jail.  

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