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Tampa teen shot, in critical condition

A 16-year-old Tampa youth was shot twice in the chest and critically wounded Friday night while he stood on a north Tampa street. Delray Turner was in front of 8208 N Alaska St. about 9:25 p.m. when a car approached and stopped. The person in the front passenger's seat exited carrying a small-caliber handgun and shot Turner in the chest twice, said Cpl. S.L. Teague. Turner, of E Bird St., was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in surgery late Friday. Police identified a potential suspect who reportedly lives in the neighborhood and were searching for him Friday. "He's out there driving around somewhere. He's got a gun. That's the scary thing," Teague said. The shooting took place in a neighborhood known for drug sales, Teague said, and police believe the shooting may have been drug-related. Initially, police considered the case an aggravated battery, but got word that Turner's condition had slipped to critical while he was in surgery. They now are classifying the incident as attempted murder, Teague said.

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