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Deputies identify victim and suspect in deadly Port Charlotte shooting

37-year-old Manuel Torres was shot and killed near 2400 Tamiami Trail
Posted at 12:05 PM, Mar 21, 2024

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Charlotte County deputies have identified the man shot and killed in Port Charlotte.

They say 37-year-old Manuel Torres was shot and killed near 2400 Tamiami Trail on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies say the shooter is 35-year-old David Lee Hull.

Investigators focused on the parking lot of the Bell Plaza on Tamiami Trail, mostly in front of Torres' barber shop UpperCutz. The parking lot was sectioned off with police tape as forensic investigators and detectives worked in the area.

On Thursday morning, the sheriff's office said they are working with the State Attorney's Office and charges "may be pending." Court records show Hull has not been charged with a crime.

According to police scanner traffic, Hull called 9-11 and informed dispatchers what had happened.

"We’re on the phone with a male, David Hull, who advised me he was attacked and he did shoot someone,” said a dispatcher.

Torres was a well known barber in Port Charlotte and went by the name 'Macho'. His family members, friends and clients have been adding to a growing memorial outside his barbershop.

"He was funny, he was just a good guy," said Brendan Phipps who was a client of Torres'.

"He was a very loving and caring person," said Brendan's mom, Brianna Phipps.

Fox 4 has been pushing the sheriff's office for more information about what led up to the shooting, but a spokesperson referred Fox 4's Charlotte County Community Correspondent back to their social media post.

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