Monday, January 22, 2018
Public safety

One hospitalized after overnight shooting in Tampa

TAMPA — A man was hospitalized early Sunday morning when a gun fight broke out after a car rear-ended his SUV on Dale Mabry Highway, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said.

Alexander Sierra, 27, was driving a GMC Yukon with his brother and girlfriend on Dale Mabry Highway around 3:30 a.m. when a Dodge Challenger rear-ended the Yukon and continued on to Waters Avenue, according to deputies.

Sierra followed the Challenger onto Himes Avenue where the driver of the Challenger lost control of the car and hit a wall next to a convenience store.

The driver and Sierra each got out of their vehicles, along with Sierra's brother. A third vehicle, a Chevy Camaro, then arrived at the crash scene and that driver also got out of the car, deputies said.

Sierra and the driver of the Camaro exchanged gunfire before the Camaro driver fled the scene. He was later located by Tampa police officers on Interstate 4 at exit 1. He was detained and turned over to sheriff's deputies.

Sierra was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.

The driver of the Challenger fled and has not been located. He was reportedly removed from the Till Dawn Bottle Club at 8205 Dale Mabry Highway before the crash.

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