Seffner man dies after being shot

Published April 2, 2007


Police are looking for the shooter who gunned down a Seffner man early Sunday. Maurice Dennis Walton, 34, of 303 Golden Elm Drive, died from his injuries. Police said he was shot outside of 3014 N 45th St. about 2:30 a.m.

Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said Walton had parked his car in the east Tampa neighborhood about 11 p.m. Saturday and gone to a party with two friends. When the group returned and Walton exited his friend's SUV, he was shot several times, McElroy said.

Detectives are looking for the shooter but provided no description. Anyone with information is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6135.


Sharks bite two on island beaches

A 9-year-old boy and a 30-year-old surfer were apparently bitten by sharks in separate attacks on nearby barrier island beaches, authorities said.

Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. The attacks happened within an hour of each other Saturday on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County on the east coast. Authorities did not release the names of either victim.

The boy was bitten on his right buttock and thigh about 1:20 p.m. at Waveland Park, St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Whitaker said. He was treated at a hospital and released.

About an hour later, a surfer on Normandy Beach was bitten on his right ankle, a deep wound serious enough that he was held for observation at a local hospital, Whitaker said.