By Fallon Silcox, Reporter
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Florida Hospital just after 7 a.m. to reports of a shooting. A man and a woman died in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide. (Fallon Silcox, staff)
A 41-year-old woman visiting a patient at Florida Hospital in north Tampa was shot and killed Monday morning.
The gunman that shot her, later identified as her 70-year-old stepfather, then killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said Alonna Tedesco received immediate attention from medical personnel after being shot but later died. Her stepfather, Steven Eugene Reynolds, of Dade City, died at the scene. “Initially, this does appear to be a murder-suicide,” said HCSO Col. Donna Lusczynski. “But it still early in the investigation.” Lusczynski said the shooting happened just after 7 a.m. in a room on the hospital’s third floor.
Sheriff’s deputies responded within two minutes, treating the scene as an active shooter incident. The room where the shootings occurred was immediately secured and no one in the hospital was in danger, according to Lusczynski.
“We identified where the threat was and that it was eliminated,” Lusczynski said of the sheriff’s office response. “And (then) secured the scene and make sure all the surrounding patients were okay.” Florida Hospital, located on east Fletcher Avenue near the University of South Florida, called the shootings an isolated incident
“At this time Florida Hospital Tampa is open and caring for patients as scheduled today,” the hospital said in a released statement. “We are actively supporting the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office with their investigation. The isolated incident that occurred this morning did not involve our staff or patients.”