Tampa, Florida — Sometime around 5:30 in the evening a young, thin looking man walked into the Green Planet Smoke Shop nestled in a somewhat affluent neighborhood of north Tampa. This young man barely 18 years old whose face, contorted in a deep scowl and full of anger was Devon Arthurs. Arthurs reached for a semiautomatic pistol tucked into the back of his pants, pointed it at the woman behind the counter and a customer and declared; “Do me a favor and get the [expletive] on the ground!” Barely coherent, Arthurs pointed his weapon at another patron and asked him “Why shouldn’t I kill you?!” No one up to that point knew that Devon Arthurs had just killed two people in cold blood mere minutes before storming into the local smoke shop. And now the young man had just taken hostages.
SOFREP was able to obtain the affidavit from the Tampa Bay police in which officers responded to what was reported as an armed robbery in progress with a possible hostage situation. As officers arrived on the scene one of the hostages, a customer was able to run out the door and informed the police that a young man was in the smoke shop with a pistol was highly aggressive and threatening to kill the remaining hostages due to him being angry that “America was bombing his Muslim countries.”
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