Murder suspect tried to remove victim's body after shooting, sheriff's office says

Murder suspect tried to remove victim’s body after shooting, sheriff’s office says

(As originally published, Mon, October 23rd 2023, 5:20 PM EDT)

LAKELAND, Fla. (TND) — A Florida man has been arrested after a deadly shooting over the weekend and he’s accused of trying to move the body of the person he allegedly shot.

Authorities got a call about the shooting in the Hillsborough County section of Lakeland, late Saturday night.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found “the suspect, Shannon Owens, 31, detained by several witnesses.”

Then, they said homicide detectives determined the victim arrived at the location and spoke with Owens before the gunshot.

Murder suspect tried to remove victim's body after shooting, sheriff's office says
Shannon Owens was charged with second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Oct. 22, 2023. (Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Witnesses found the victim with an upper-body gunshot wound and Owens trying to remove the body.

Owens, of Winter Haven, was charged with second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He also had three out-of-county warrants.

Authorities did not release the victim’s name or a possible motive.

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