TAMPA — One person is dead and three are in stable condition following separate shootings in Ybor City, where a crowd of thousands gathered to celebrate Super Bowl weekend.
Police released information Sunday about the two shootings at the request of the Tampa Bay Times. No media alert was issued as is routine with shootings and neither the mayor nor the police chief mentioned them at Super Bowl news conferences before the game Sunday.
Police received a call about the fatal shooting about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the victim at the scene — a private residence at 2308 E. 9th Ave., east of 22nd Street and the main Ybor City historic and entertainment district.
About four hours later, at 3:15 Sunday morning, police were closing down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as a crowd of thousands clogged the streets when they heard shots fired in the area of Sixth Avenue and 14th Street. The scene is near two surface parking lots and the railroad tracks.
“Upon arriving on the chaotic scene with people running and vehicles fleeing, the responding officers found three gunshot victims,” police said in a statement to the Times.
The three were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition Sunday.
It was not clear whether those involved in the shootings were taking part in the weeklong celebration leading up to the Super Bowl on Sunday night. No other information was immediately available from police.
The shootings come on the heels of two earlier incidents in Ybor City during the weekend.
A man who robbed and then shot and injured another man early Saturday was being sought by police and there may have been another shooting in the historic district hours earlier. Videos posted to social media show people running after what appear to be gunshots. No one was reported to have been wounded by gunfire but a woman who fell suffered a laceration on her head.