Tampa police detectives say a man shot in an east Tampa home Tuesday was likely not the intended target.
They say 49-year-old Anthony Jerome Lee was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in a house on the 3900 block of Genessee Street.
Lee was a widely-known drag queen who performed under the name "Miss Wanda." He leaves behind many friends and fans in the Ybor City community, and around the state.
Investigators say the woman living at the house where Lee was shot had a medical condition and had recently lost a loved one. They say Lee was there helping her out.
Police believe the suspects targeted someone they thought would be at the house.
"We know that there is a lot of different people who are in and out of that home and so we're still working to determine who was targeted," said Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
Nearby neighbor Jeremy Judkins said he heard screaming from the home.
"You could hear her screaming, so we went in the house, we saw her, but we didn't know that when we went in the kitchen, we were going to see the guy," Judkins said.
They guy he is referring to was Lee, who had been shot multiple times.
"It was real tragic. There was blood everywhere. It was real tragic," Judkins said. "I was up all night about it because I seen him fighting for his breath, like we were trying to help get him to breathe before the police came."
Paramedics took Lee to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.
Late Tuesday night, word began spreading online about the popular performer's death.
"I've seen her hanging from rafters, swinging, having fun," said Kurt King, owner of Hamburger Mary's, and a friend of Lee's. "She just cares a lot about people that she loves. It's just sad that this happened."
King said Lee's death has affected many people in the Ybor community.
"We're very close, and when something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us," he said.
Police are looking for two suspects in connection with Lee's death. They say they have leads, but are not yet releasing much other information.
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