TAMPA — Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a fugitive wanted in the shooting of a 3-year-old girl and 21-year-old man.
Latavia Ash was shot in the knee while she was playing in the dirt Sept. 26 at the North Boulevard Homes, police say. The shooter then chased his target, 21-year-old Jerome Parks, 21, through the apartment complex in the 1500 block of W Union Street with a pistol, police said.
Latavia and Parks survived.
The bullet entered through the back of Latavia's right leg and stopped inside her knee cap, fracturing the joint. Doctors say the little girl would be able to walk and run again with physical therapy.
On Sept. 28, police arrested Mario Williams, 28, who authorities said drove the car.
Police named a suspect in the shooting, Robert Lee Fletcher, who is still on the loose.
Fletcher is described as black, 5 feet 6, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
He's wanted on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery and possession of marijuana.
Anyone with information about Fletcher and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, text "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using their "Tipsubmit Mobile" application.