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Police identify man killed in shooting at South Tampa McDonald’s

TAMPA — A man died early Saturday after he was shot Friday night in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in South Tampa.

Nicholas A. Mortazavi, 20, was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m., police said.

Police responded to the restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway at 7:43 p.m., after learning a man had been seriously wounded by gunfire near a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the lot, according to Lt. Ricardo Ubinas.

The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital in "extremely" critical condition.

Urbinas said in a news release early Saturday that detectives were questioning "persons of interest" and are working to establish a motive, but no one had been arrested. On Friday night, police said the shooter and victim were acquaintances, and the shooting resulted from "some kind of dispute." Ubinas said there is no reason for the public to be concerned, an assurance police sometimes offer to dispell fears of random violence.

The entire McDonald’s property just south of El Prado Boulevard was taped off as a crime scene Friday night, and the restaurant remained shut down as police investigated the scene. The bright yellow lights of the arches stayed on as police cars’ lights flashed near the sign’s base.

There are surveillance cameras at the McDonald’s, and Ubinas said police were "running down good leads."

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