Sunday, November 19, 2017
Public safety

Police break up teen brawl outside Temple Terrace bowling alley

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TEMPLE TERRACE — Scores of teens were involved in a big brawl Sunday night at a bowling alley parking lot, police said.

Officers were called at 10:20 p.m. by the manager at Terrace Sports on E Busch Boulevard after fights broke out by the business, which was hosting a dance party.

When police arrived, about 150 people, many of them teenagers, were in the parking lot. Officers went inside Terrace Sports and saw another 450 teens.

No fighting was reported inside, said Temple Terrace police spokesman Michael Dunn.

Temple Terrace officers tried to break up the scuffles outside, but called Tampa police for backup.

Tampa officers threw pepper balls, which release pepper spray when they burst, Dunn said. The crowd began to disperse.

Officers also heard gunshots, which appeared to come from several blocks away at 52nd Street and Busch Boulevard, within Tampa city limits.

Tampa police left to investigate and discovered that the shots had been fired from a dark-colored Chevrolet Camaro.

Investigators believe the shots were related to the disturbance at the bowling alley, said Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

At the same time, another car driving on Busch Boulevard heard the shots and struck a 15-year-old girl crossing the street.

The driver failed to stop, but called 911 and said he drove off because of the gunfire.

The girl had minor injuries, Davis said.

It was unknown if the girl was walking from the bowling alley.

No one has been arrested.

"We don't know what caused any of this to happen," Dunn said.

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