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Shots fired during large fight near Tampa’s Chamberlain High School, police say

Officers said they saw a 16-year-old girl fire three rounds into the air. There are no reported injuries.
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Published Aug. 20, 2021|Updated Aug. 21, 2021

TAMPA — Shots were fired during a large fight near Chamberlain High School on Friday afternoon, according to police.

A large group began fighting on school grounds before moving to the Polar Cup convenience store across the street.

A brawl broke out at the gas station on 901 W. Busch Blvd. about 3:30 p.m., said Tampa police spokesperson Rose Angelakopoulos. No students were involved, she said.

Several patrol units tried to break up the dispute, police said, but it turned physical.

During the fight it was reported that gunshots had been heard, police said. Officers said they saw a 16-year-old girl fire three rounds in the air. She was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and discharging a firearm in public. The Tampa Bay Times is not naming her because she is a juvenile.

Investigators were able to recover some shell casings in the area, but no shooting victims were found at the scene or at area hospitals, Angelakopoulos said.

Another person was arrested in connection to the fight after a school resource officer saw a 28-year-old man on school property alongside the group, according to police. Juan Jose Martinez was arrested on a charge of trespassing on school grounds.

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