By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives are asking residents for some assistance with a number of recent cases and incidents that have occurred within the greater Brandon area.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of suspects involved in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ivan Parker II, of Brandon.

Investigators said that on Sunday, September 6, just after 11 p.m., Parker was standing outside a makeshift recording studio located 6209 N. 50 St. in Tampa, when he was shot by an unknown suspect(s).

According to preliminary details of the investigation, Parker’s friends, who were inside the studio at the time of the shooting, said that they heard gun shots, and upon exiting the building saw Parker laying on the ground.

“They put Parker in their car and transported him to the VA hospital where he later died,” said HCSO Public Information Officer Larry McKinnon.

McKinnon added that homicide detectives are analyzing evidence and conducting interviews while the shooting does not appear to be random. Anyone with any information regarding this case, and who wants to be eligible for the cash reward, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using the TipSubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies are also asking for the public’s assistance to find two women involved in a recent shoplifting at Macy’s located at 639 Brandon Town Center Mall in Brandon.

Detectives said that the two female suspects entered the store and one acted as a lookout as the other selected and concealed merchandise valued at $429. Both females then exited the store without paying for the items. See the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEdxXuFDqdg.

Anyone with any information regarding these suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), or report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com.