Pinellas Detectives Charge Tampa Man With First Degree Murder in the January Shooting Death off Gandy Boulevard

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Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 9:09 p.m. on January 3, 2019, to the Trak Motel located at 10610 Gandy Boulevard in unincorporated St. Petersburg, regarding a deceased male subject that had been shot multiple times.

When deputies arrived, they found, 46-year-old Aaron Bush, unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies pronounced Bush deceased at about 9:28 p.m.

Through the investigation, detectives determined that 35-year-old Eliud Vega, 
was visiting a female acquaintance at the Twin City Mobile Home Park located 
at 10636 Gandy Boulevard.

Detectives say Bush and Vega had a verbal altercation after Bush accused Vega of engaging in prostitution with the female acquaintance.

According to detectives, Vega stayed for a short period of time at the female acquaintance’s residence, then proceeded to exit the mobile home park, in his vehicle, by heading north toward Gandy Boulevard. As Vega drove north to exit the mobile home park, Bush chased after Vega’s vehicle yelling racial slurs and accusing Vega of engaging in prostitution.

Detectives report that when Vega reached the exit of the mobile home park, he made a U-turn in the parking lot of the Trak Motel, where a second verbal altercation with Bush occurred. Detectives determined Vega shot Bush eleven times, then fled from the scene towards Tampa.

Through various interviews and physical evidence, detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Vega for one count of First Degree Murder with No Bond.

On March 5, 2019 at approximately 6:15 p.m., Pinellas detectives, along with the assistance of Tampa Police Department, met Vega at his residence located at 7115 South DeSoto Street in Tampa, where he was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder.

Vega was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail located at 1201 Orient Road in Tampa.

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