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SKATEBOARDER WOUNDED IN SHOOTING

A 21-year-old skateboarder was in critical condition after two men shot him in the back shortly after midnight Tuesday, according to police.

Charles Fredrick Junior of 2603 E Liberty St. was riding his skateboard near N 22nd Street and E 109th Avenue when two men told him to get to the ground and give them money, Tampa police said.

When Junior told the men he had no money, he was shot in the back, police said.

The skateboarder ran to Belle Whittier Elementary at 10801 N 22nd St., where, police said, he used his cell phone to call his parents for help.

Junior was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was said to be in critical but stable condition Wednesday evening.

At his home, a small plaque hung near the door inscribed with Psalm 18:2: "The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my deliverer." Inside, a woman who said she was Junior's sister declined to talk except to say that her brother had been skateboarding much of his life.

The family was still awaiting more information about the incident before talking publicly about it.

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