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One dead, one hospitalized after Tampa drive-by shooting

TAMPA — One brother is dead and another is hospitalized in serious condition after they were shot while throwing a football back and forth outside North Boulevard Homes on Sunday, Tampa police said.

The two men, in their 30s, were waiting to share a family dinner when shots were fired from a white car, possibly a Nissan, at Rome Avenue and Main Street at 12:30 p.m., Lt. Kimberly Plourde-Torres said.

"They were outside with other individuals, including children, tossing a football around," Plourde-Torres said. "There was no regard for any civilians."

It's unclear how many rounds were fired or how many times each of the victims was hit. Police said they were still counting the shell casings outside the public housing complex Sunday afternoon.

The brothers, who do not live at the home where the meal was to take place, were waiting for their sisters to return from the store and finish cooking, Plourde-Torres said.

Police believe the shooting resulted from an ongoing dispute and was not an act of random violence.

Police responded to the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m. and saw several people attending to the two victims. The men were transported to a local hospital.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2443.

One dead, one hospitalized after Tampa drive-by shooting 01/19/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 19, 2014 9:05pm]
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