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Man seen in video identified, not connected to Plant High shooting

TAMPA — The man whom police identified Wednesday as a potential witness to the shooting of a 16-year-old girl after a Plant High School football game contacted police, who determined he knew nothing about the crime, officials said.

The man, who was seen on a series of surveillance videos walking into the Friday night football game, was questioned by detectives after the release of the video, police said. He was not considered a suspect in the case and did not have any information about the shooting.

Detectives are still seeking tips from the public that might help solve the crime.

It happened about 10 p.m. Friday, police said, when the 16-year-old was walking home from the game with a 15-year-old classmate. A man pulled up next to them on W San Miguel Street near S Bendelow Trail. He rolled down the window, said something, and pointed a gun at the girls, police said.

The girls ran and the man fired, hitting the older girl in the lower left leg, police said. She was treated at a local hospital.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.

Man seen in video identified, not connected to Plant High shooting 10/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:31pm]
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