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Police investigate shooting outside east Tampa Sunoco

Investigators gather evidence outside a Sunoco convenience store at 3401 E Hillsborough Ave. on Monday after a shooting. The victim, whose belongings remained as evidence, suffered multiple wounds to the torso.

CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times

Investigators gather evidence outside a Sunoco convenience store at 3401 E Hillsborough Ave. on Monday after a shooting. The victim, whose belongings remained as evidence, suffered multiple wounds to the torso.

TAMPA — A shootout in a gas station parking lot sent a man to the hospital Monday night, while police searched an east Tampa neighborhood for two suspects.

The victim, 35, suffered multiple wounds to his lower torso and underwent surgery, police said. He was in serious but stable condition.

Tampa police Lt. Craig Sawicki said the shooting arose from a conflict at the Sunoco at 3401 E Hillsborough Ave.

In a news release, police said gunshots were exchanged by multiple people but did not identify any of them.

Police found one suspect's van abandoned in the 3600 block of E Comanche Avenue. Officers shut down numerous intersections as they combed the area by foot. A police helicopter hovered overhead.

The Sunoco store was closed just before 9 p.m., with yellow crime scene tape cordoning off the site of the shooting.

Bloody clothes remained on the ground, and blood stained the pavement. Inside the store, police officers reviewed surveillance video. An employee said he heard gunshots outside about 7:30 p.m., hit the floor and called 911.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374.

Police investigate shooting outside east Tampa Sunoco 10/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:07am]

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