Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man sought in Progress Village shooting surrenders on probation violation

The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office sent additional deputies to Giunta Middle School in Riverview Thursday morning after a shooting Wednesday injured four teens in Progress Village. Extra deputies also showed up at nearby Spoto High School.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office sent additional deputies to Giunta Middle School in Riverview Thursday morning after a shooting Wednesday injured four teens in Progress Village. Extra deputies also showed up at nearby Spoto High School.

TAMPA — A man wanted for questioning about the shooting of four teenagers in Progress Village turned himself in to sheriff's investigators late Thursday afternoon.

Antonio J. Steadman, 25, was booked into Orient Road Jail shortly after 6 p.m. on probation violations unrelated to the shooting.

Elijah Anderson Jr., 13, Quadarrius Brown, 16, Michael Simpson, 16, and Preston Young, 16, were shot Wednesday afternoon after what a witness said was a petty argument. A witness also said Steadman was inside a car that may have been used in the shooting, according to sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Except for Anderson, who was treated and released, the victims were in stable condition Wednesday night. But on Thursday, a Tampa General Hospital spokeswoman said that no further information about them could be released.

Witnesses said the argument broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. About an hour later, two cars pulled up in the 8300 block of Allamanda Avenue, and someone opened fire on the group of teenagers, all of whom were out of school after an early release day.

The victims live within about two blocks of each other in the Progress Village area, where Steadman also lives.

Steadman had been serving probation for drug possession, which he had repeatedly violated.

Two groups of teenagers were involved in the dispute but McKinnon said there's no indication the shootings are gang-related. It was unclear Thursday whether all of the shooting victims were involved in the original dispute.

"Whether one of those individuals happened to be walking over there and be in the wrong place at the wrong time, I don't know," he said.

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies lined up outside schools in the Progress Village area Thursday as rumors swirled among students about what had happened to their classmates.

The shooting victims all attended different schools, but a district spokeswoman couldn't name the specific schools Thursday.

Spoto High School principal Clyde Trathowen confirmed that one of the teens attended his school. Trathowen said he didn't think school attendance dropped and that the kids probably discussed the shooting at lunch.

"They want to glorify it — that's the sad thing," he said. "They don't understand how bad it can be and how lucky some of these kids were."

Susan Wright was picking up her daughter Allison, a junior at Spoto, on Thursday afternoon.

She said she warned her to be careful before leaving the house.

"I just told her, 'Don't get caught up in the drama and just realize the seriousness of the whole situation,' " she said. "If it was my choice, she would have stayed home from school."

Times researcher John Martin and staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report. Hilary Lehman can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 661-2441.

Man sought in Progress Village shooting surrenders on probation violation 04/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 9:16am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

    K12

    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]