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Hillsborough deputies search for shooting suspect

An 18-year-old shot and wounded two people during an argument outside a Wawa in Riverview, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,
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Published May 22, 2020
Updated May 22, 2020

Deputies are searching for an 18-year-old who shot and wounded two people during an argument outside a Wawa in Riverview, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday night, shortly after 7:30, Javius Leon Vazquez was inside a black Nissan Altima when he fired at a victim who was standing in the parking lot of the Wawa at 11323 Boyette Road.

Deputies say that Javius Leon Vazquez was inside a black Nissan Altima when he fired at a victim who was standing in the parking lot of the Wawa at 11323 Boyette Road.
Deputies say that Javius Leon Vazquez was inside a black Nissan Altima when he fired at a victim who was standing in the parking lot of the Wawa at 11323 Boyette Road. [ HCSO ]

The victim was struck in the leg. The same bullet, or a fragment of it, struck a second person who was standing behind him. The first victim fled the scene and later went to the Advent Health emergency room on Fletcher Avenue. The second victim remained at the scene and was transported by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue to Tampa General Hospital’s emergency room.

Witnesses at the scene, who knew Vazquez personally, identified him as the shooter in a booking photo. Deputies have issued an arrest warrant for Vazquez for aggravated battery and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-2400.

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