Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gunman wounds man, toddler in shooting at Tampa housing complex

TAMPA — Police are looking for a gunman who shot a man outside the N Boulevard Homes complex Monday afternoon.

Authorities say a 3-year-old girl was injured during the incident, though it was unclear if the injury was from a bullet grazing her leg or by flying debris.

Police identified the shooting victim as Jerome Parks, 21. The injured child is Latavia Ash.

The 911 call came in about 4 p.m. Police say a car pulled up at the public housing complex at 1501 W Main St. and a man stepped out. He walked toward Parks, who was standing outside, and fired a gun.

Parks ran inside his father's apartment, and the suspect kept firing. The 3-year-old girl had been playing out front when she was injured.

Both were taken to the hospital and were in good condition, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

Detectives say they were still trying to learn whether Parks was the intended target.

His brother, Deyonte Parks, 18, said he was at a neighboring apartment when he heard gunshots. He said he ran outside and saw a car filled with several men. One, he said, "got out of the car and started shooting."

He said he saw his stepmother and a number of children who were playing outside hit the ground. He said he saw blood dripping down Latavia's leg.

Deyonte Parks told reporters he did not recognize the shooter and knew of no possible motive.

Gunman wounds man, toddler in shooting at Tampa housing complex 09/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 11:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Shakeup on Adam Putnam campaign


    In a sign of unsteadiness for what  had  looked like a strong-out-of-the-gate Adam Putnam campaign, the Republican frontrunner suddenly fired his campaign manager and political director. Hard-charging Campaign manager Kristin Davis and political director Jared Small were two of the three outsiders to join …

    Putnam campaigning in Destin the other day as part of his 22-city bus tour
  2. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  3. Tampa man arrested for killing man in his USF-area home


    TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, was arrested Monday on a  second degree murder charge in the University Area killing of Khando Kerr. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Report: Trump asked intel chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence


    President Donald Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, the Washington Post reports, citing current and former officials.

    From  left, CIA Director Mike Pompeo; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats on Capitol Hill on May 11 before  testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. [Associated Press]
  5. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”