2 children injured in Tampa shooting; teen suspect sought

Hillsborough County

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies are investigating a shooting in Tampa that injured two children on Thursday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday afternoon on Spicer Place off of East 124th Avenue in the Azure Estates area.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, two children were injured after a 15-year-old shot another 15-year-old, and a 10-year-old was hit by the stray bullet.

The two victims were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries

According to deputies, the suspect and the other 15-year-old had been speaking on social media, once the suspect arrived both teens got into a verbal altercation and fired multiple times from outside one of the apartment units striking the 15-year-old who was standing on the second-floor balcony.

The 10-year-old girl was standing nearby when she was hit by shrapnel.

Deputies say the 15-year-old suspect fled from the scene and describe him as black male, about 5 feet 11 inches or 6 feet tall. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a gray sweatshirt and a face covering. 

“I’m extremely concerned whenever you talk about violence, especially when you talk about gun violence that is occurring between two 15-year-olds, We’ll continue to be diligent and work through this and hopefully follow some leads that we do have. Hopefully, we can report back sooner rather than later with this suspect being placed under arrest.” 

Sheriff Chad Chronister

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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