Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Pair seriously injured in Tampa shooting

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that sent two seriously injured men seeking help in different directions.

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. Monday behind the Pizzazz Beauty and Barber Shop at E 21st Avenue and N Nebraska Avenue.

Tampa Police Cpl. Donna McAlevey said two men were inside a brown Manko Deliveries Systems van parked behind the barber shop when two suspects approached them and opened fire with a semiautomatic gun.

One of the victims was shot in the back. He ran south on Nebraska before stopping at Rent King, 2726 N Nebraska Ave., seeking help.

The second victim, shot in the lower right side, drove his van toward St. Joseph's Hospital, down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, before stopping the vehicle in the middle lane at the corner of N Armenia Avenue.

Both victims have life-threatening injuries. Their names were not released. The man who ran was taken to Tampa General Hospital. The man who drove the van was at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Police blocked off the inside lane of eastbound Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard as they inspected the van, directing traffic around it. Two bullet holes pierced the front windshield. A third hole visibly shattered the rear passenger-side window.

McAlevey said it was too early in the investigation to know what the motive might have been.

Police described the suspects as two men, both in their 30s.

One had short hair, gold teeth and was last seen wearing a brown shirt, armed with a semi-automatic handgun. The other is about 5 feet 7, with a short Afro, last seen wearing a white shirt with red and blue stripes, blue jeans, armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

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