Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Strip club shooting leads to chase, crash near Ybor City

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TAMPA — A car-to-car shooting that began at a strip club near Ybor City early Tuesday morning ended when the driver of one vehicle rammed the other, sending the shooter fleeing on foot, according to police.

The incident started about 2:20 a.m. in the parking lot of Dreams Gentlemens Club at 4218 E Seventh Ave., Tampa police said.

Officers arrived to investigate a report of shots being fired. Witnesses told them that two cars had just sped out of the parking lot as one driver tried to shoot the other, police said.

About the same time, officers learned that the driver of a black Jeep Grand Cherokee was speeding toward a red Infiniti in the area of N 40th Street and E Chelsea Street, police said. The Jeep driver was firing a gun at the Infiniti.

Before officers were able to catch up, the Infiniti driver rammed into the Jeep, which toppled and slammed into a building at 3802 N 40th St., police said. The Jeep driver wriggled out of the car and ran away.

The Infiniti driver was not injured, police said, but he showed officers a bullet hole in the door of his car.

Police were working Tuesday to figure out what happened. Further details, including the names of the two drivers and the circumstances that sparked the exchange, were unclear.

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