Tampa Riverwalk shooting: 20-year-old arrested after person shot in hand

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 20-year-old has been arrested in a shooting that injured one person on the Tampa Riverwalk early Saturday.

Police said Kareem Malik Hernandez Jr. opened fire after two groups got into a fight at the Riverwalk near Curtis Hixon Park. One person was shot at the hand and was treated at an area hospital.

“The suspect in this case, after the groups separated, fired a shot, hitting one of the victims in the hand. That victim was taken to the hospital, thankfully with non-life threatening injuries,” said Eddie Durkin with the Tampa Police Department.

Police later released video showing Hernandez walking with three other people in the area at the time of the shooting.

A number of people identified Hernandez as the shooter, and he later admitted to being one of the people in the video.

(Source: Tampa Police Department)

Hernandez has since been arrested and charged with aggravated battery and carrying a concealed firearm, police said in an arrest report. He is being held at the Orient Road Jail.

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