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Two men shot in Tampa home invasion, one critically injured

TAMPA — Two men were shot early Friday morning during a home invasion and hospitalized. The suspects ran away.

Here's what happened, according to Tampa police Lt. Ruben Delgado:

The shootings happened around 2:45 a.m. Several people were hanging out at 3408 N Garrison St., a one-story blue house in the Grant Park neighborhood, when 26-year-old Terrance Hamerter and 24-year-old Terrell Hamerter, who both live at the home, decided to leave.

As one of the Hamerters walked outside, he saw two men dressed in black waiting by the side of the house. He ran back inside, but the pair followed, kicking in the door.

The suspects ran to a back bedroom and confronted the Hamerters at gunpoint, telling them to "give it up." The men began to struggle with the gunmen, and both Hamerters were shot — Terrell Hamerter in the head, and Terrance Hamerter in the leg.

They were both taken to Tampa General Hospital, where Terrell Hamerter remains in critical condition and Terrance Hamerter is stable.

Delgado said it's not yet known whether the incident was random or whether it was the result of a dispute.

Police searched the neighborhood but found no suspects.

Both Hamerters have criminal records in Florida. Terrell Hamerter has been arrested 10 times on charges including larceny, robbery, drug possession, fleeing to elude arrest, probation violation and driving without a license.

Terrance Hamerter has seven arrests on his record, with charges of drug possession, disorderly conduct and driving without a license.

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Two men shot in Tampa home invasion, one critically injured 03/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 4:37pm]
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