TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 14-year-old boy was injured following a shooting on Tuesday night.
According to the Tampa Police Department, officers received calls about reports of a shooting in the 200 block of East Nordica Street around 11 p.m.
Upon arrival, police found the 14-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he’s already had two surgeries, but remains in stable condition, according to family members.
“I thought I was dreaming, but I’m wide awake, it’s the worst pain in the world,” said James Bryant, the victim’s father.
The teen was outside of his father’s front door when the shooting happened.
Bryant told 8 On Your Side his son is a student at Stewart Middle Magnet School. He doesn’t understand why someone shot his son and said seeing him hospitalized is difficult.
“I can’t stand to see my son like that, I had to come out of the room and just pray and cry a little bit,” Bryant said.
According to TPD, detectives are actively working on developing leads in the case.
No other information was available.