TAMPA — Two men were shot and wounded in a robbery outside a bar early Wednesday, police said.
They were sitting in a car about midnight outside the Char-Pal Package Lounge, across the street from Busch Gardens, when they were approached by three men with guns, Tampa police said. Both victims, who were not immediately identified, were taken to Florida Hospital with gunshot wounds, police said, and were expected to survive.
The shooting is the second in as many days to occur outside a Tampa bar. An unrelated shooting sent five people to the hospital Tuesday morning after a gunman opened fire outside of Club Manilla, about 6 miles away.
In this case, the victims sat in a darkened car with the doors open outside the bar, 3711 E Busch Blvd. They were approached by three armed men who demanded money, police said.
When the man sitting in the passenger side offered the gunman his cell phone instead, he was shot in the leg, police said.
The man in the driver's seat attempted to hand over cash when he was pistol-whipped by one of the robbers, police said. During the assault, a gunman dropped his weapon in the victim's lap accidentally, police said.
That's when he yelled at a third man to shoot the victim. He did, in the leg.
Then the men fled to their car, an older model Toyota or Nissan sedan, police said, and sped away east on Busch Boulevard.
The Char-Pal bar is attached to a liquor store. It's the bar where Dontae Morris was spotted before, according to police, he shot and killed Tampa police Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis on June 29, 2010.