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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]
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