RUSKIN — A 39-year-old woman was arrested Thursday after authorities said she incited a brawl involving 20 to 30 teenagers and gunfire because a boy had hit her daughter with a stick the day before.
Victoria Davis of Ruskin faces two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
On Wednesday, Davis' 15-year-old daughter got into a fight with a 16-year-old boy in which the boy hit her in the eye with a stick, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, causing minor injuries.
So about 4 p.m. Thursday, Davis drove her daughter back to the neighborhood where the fight had happened, in the 7000 block of Maroon Peak Drive, in search of the boy who hit her daughter — and with a carload of teenage boys behind them.
When they found him hanging out in the street with a group of other teenage boys, Davis got out of her car and charged, authorities said. Witnesses told deputies Davis both encouraged her daughters to fight, and yelled "get them" as she led her group of teens across the neighborhood, chasing the other boys.
At some point, someone fired at least five shots, hitting no one. Deputies responded and stopped traffic for about 30 minutes coming into the neighborhood, holding up a school bus, while they interviewed witnesses.
Deputies had not determined late Thursday night who fired the shots. No one was hit by them.
Davis was booked into the Hillsborough County jail. The boy accused of striking her daughter with a stick faces one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was taken to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center.