Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Man faces attempted murder charge after firing into vehicle in Largo

LARGO — A 32-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder after he inserted himself into a fight and shot at an occupied car, police said.

Detectives arrested Richard Allen Harris of Clearwater on Tuesday. He also faces a failure to appear warrant out of Hillsborough County on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Largo police said.

Police investigated a call of gunshots around 1 a.m. on Nov. 1. They found shell casings and broken glass in the area of 14th Avenue NW and Clearwater Largo Road.

Detectives later found that two groups of people had fought along the road near Wild Indian Saloon. Afterward, those groups got into their cars and began to look for each other. Members of one of the groups went back inside the saloon and talked about the fight, police said in a news release, and a patron, Harris, "decided to insert himself into the dispute."

Harris began driving his car through the area, police said, looking for the opposing group.

Harris spotted the other car with the other group of people following him around a corner, police said, and he fired on it, "shooting rounds through his own vehicle and windows."

Some of those rounds hit the car, including one that hit the windshield on the driver's side. Inside were two 27-year-olds and a 22-year-old. No injuries were reported.

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