26-Year-Old Man Found Dead in Apparent Homicide in Tampa, Florida

26-Year-Old Man Found Dead in Apparent Homicide in Tampa, Florida

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Officers responding to a call about 11 p.m. Wednesday found Ricardo McCalop Jr. dead in his home on North 55th Street, police said. The incident is being investigated as an apparent homicide.

Officers responded to a call around 11 p.m. of a man down at 3416 N 55th St., in the Grant Park neighborhood. They found Ricardo D. McCalop with “upper body trauma,” Tampa police said. He died hours later.

Neighbors reported hearing gunfire.

LaTasha McDuffie said she was in bed when she heard several gunshots and then a car speeding away.

“I heard seven or eight shots, back to back to back. Bam bam bam,” she said.

The shots didn’t wake up her baby, McDuffie said, but she had a hard time getting to sleep after the commotion.

“A lot of (stuff) has been going down on this street lately,” she said.

James Fry, another neighbor, also witnessed the chaos.

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“We heard pop pop pop pop and then sirens,” Fry, 24, said. “And then we came outside and the street was flooded with police.”

McCalop had a lengthy criminal record, according to records from the Florida Department of Corrections and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Since 2004, he’d been arrested at least 20 times on charges including grand theft, possession of marijuana, battery and multiple burglary charges, records show. He spent a year in prison for burglary and grand theft, from July 2008 to July 2009, according to the Department of Corrections.

Police were still investigating Thursday morning, and no arrests had been made.

The case is being investigated as a homicide. Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said the killing was not a random act.

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