There were teen-agers with guns, bicyclists with guns, robbers with guns, rapists with guns. As debate continues in the nation's capital on the Brady Bill requiring a seven-day waiting period for purchasing handguns, law enforcement officials in Tampa and Hillsborough County keep busy working on one gun incident after another.
Hardly a day goes by without someone shooting at someone else, or someone threatening another person with a gun.
Monday night and Tuesday morning were no exceptions.
From North Hillsborough to Ruskin, guns were involved in several incidents reported to authorities. Some of the shootings led to injuries. Others damaged property. One incident terrorized a group of young teen-agers.
Here is a look at some of the overnight gun incidents:
10:15 p.m., Monday. A 34-year-old Bradenton man who was visiting friends in Wimauma is shot in the midsection by a robber. The man was sitting on top of a car with a friend at the corner of Vel and Railroad streets when a stranger rode up on a bicycle. Three other men then jumped out of the bushes. All four had shotguns. They ordered the two to lie face down on the ground and demanded their money. They hit one of the victims on the back of the head with a gun barrel and shot the other. The shooting victim was in fair condition Tuesday at Tampa General Hospital.
10:30 p.m., Monday. A 25-year-old woman is raped by a man at gunpoint after she asked the suspect to give her a ride home from a bar at 29th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
10:30 p.m., Monday. A Pizza Hut delivery man is robbed at gunpoint by two men as he walked back to his car from an apartment near 143rd Avenue and 15th Street. One suspect stuck a gun in the delivery man's back and the other demanded money. They ran off after taking a small amount of cash.
10:45 p.m., Monday. Shots are fired into the mobile home of a 63-year-old woman in Ruskin. The woman was unharmed, but three window panes were shattered.
11 p.m., Monday. Two teen-age girls and a teen-age boy are approached by three boys, ages 13 through 16, all with guns, as they walk along U.S. 41 in Ruskin. The oldest one fired a rifle in the air. The youngest fired a handgun. And the third boy displayed a handgun in his waistband. No one was injured, but the three boys were charged with aggravated assault.
12:01 a.m., Tuesday. A 16-year-old boy is shot in the shoulder during an argument with two other youths in the parking lot of University Square Mall. The victim and his 17-year-old passenger were stopped at a stop sign when they began arguing with two other teen-agers on bicycles. One of them pulled out a gun and shot into the car. The victim was in good condition Tuesday at University Community Hospital.
3:15 a.m., Tuesday. Three teen-agers are terrorized by two gun-wielding robbers who shot at them, robbed them and stole their car. The three, all 18 years old, were standing by their cars in a parking lot at the corner of 56th Street and Gibson Avenue. The two men approached them and began firing shots from a pistol. The victims were ordered to lie on the ground and then robbed. The suspects drove off in one of the victims' cars, firing shots as they left. No one was injured.