Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Stray bullet injures woman after Ybor City's Knight Parade

TAMPA — A stray bullet fired during an argument after Saturday evening's Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City struck a woman in the thigh, police said.

The victim, identified as Camile N. Prince, who turned 24 on Sunday, was injured after an altercation between two groups of people in the area of E Seventh Avenue and 16th Street at 10:13 p.m., police said.

Police said they don't believe Prince was the intended target.

She was taken to Tampa General Hospital with what police described as a nonlife-threatening wound, a gunshot to the upper left thigh. She was treated for her injury and released.

A police spokesman said Sunday that investigators are reviewing video from security cameras in the area as part of their attempts to identify the shooter.

Ramon Favata, vice president of the nonprofit Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago, said he was surprised when he heard about the shooting Sunday morning.

"I've never heard of anything like this happening," said Favata, 44, who has been attending Knight parades since childhood. His grandfather, Joe Granda, was one of the founders in the early 1970s.

The event that draws thousands to Ybor City's main drag and its aftermath always felt safe, he said. Tampa police provide security. The krewe also hires off-duty state troopers.

"All the officers involved do a phenomenal job," he said.

Once the parade ends about 9 p.m., parade watchers disperse and workers begin dismantling the grandstands and returning the floats to storage.

The shooting happened about an hour later.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

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