Driver hits pedestrian while both flee gunshots, Tampa police say

Gunfire rang out at Royal Supermarket, but police said the only one injured was a pedestrian trying to get away.
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Published May 20
Updated May 20

TAMPA — An exchange of gunfire outside a supermarket resulted in a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle trying to flee the chaos, according to police.

The male pedestrian suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said, and the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with officers.

The incident took place at about 3:50 p.m. outside Royal Supermarket at 420 E Floribraska Ave.

It started when several males were involved in some sort of altercation that resulted in gunfire, police said. A silver 4-door sedan was driving toward E Hugh Street when police said a rear passenger fired a gun in the air.

Another male involved in the incident then fired on the silver car, police said, but hit the wrong vehicle, then ran away.

A Dodge Charger tried to drive away from the gunshots, police said, but ended up hitting a male pedestrian who was also trying to get away. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital. Police did not release the names of the injured pedestrian or driver.

Police are looking to arrest those involved in the shooting incident. The investigation is continuing.