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Shirtless man steals pistol, fires shots at convenience store in Dover

He fired the rounds during school hours across the street from Independence Academy K-8 charter school.
Deputies are looking for a shirtless man who stole a gun from a pickup truck near Plant City on Friday morning and later fired rounds at a convenience store.
Deputies are looking for a shirtless man who stole a gun from a pickup truck near Plant City on Friday morning and later fired rounds at a convenience store. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Feb. 15, 2020|Updated Feb. 16, 2020

TAMPA — Deputies on Saturday arrested a tattooed and shirtless man who they said stole a pistol from an unlocked pickup truck Friday morning and then fired shots at a convenience store.

Bruce Alan Renner, 27, of Plant City, faces a number of charges: grand theft of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, driving with a suspended license, being a felon in possession of a firearm, armed burglary and four counts of discharging a firearm in public. He also had arrest warrants on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and providing false information on a pawnbroker form.

On Friday just before 8 a.m., deputies said, surveillance cameras outside a home on Richey Rosa Lane northwest of downtown Plant City captured Renner shirtless, lifting his pants as he ran toward a white pickup sitting in a driveway.

He opened the door and entered the vehicle just as an older model black pickup drove across a lawn. Deputies said he took a pistol and sunglasses before leaving the white pickup and running for the black one, getting in the passenger side. The truck drove south on Thonotosassa Road.

Deputies said that pickup, a 2000 GMC Sierra, was stolen.

At about 8:12 a.m., Renner and a woman were seen on surveillance video entering a Marathon convenience store at 12901 U.S. 92 in Dover. Renner, still shirtless, went into the bathroom, where he fired a single round, deputies said. On their way out of the store, Renner fired three more rounds.

Investigators noted the shots were fired during school hours across the street from a charter school, a reference to Independence Academy K-8.

On Saturday, Renner, still driving the stolen GMC, rear-ended another vehicle at Fletcher Avenue and Telecom Drive in Tampa. Deputies said he ran from the accident, but a Sheriff’s Office helicopter and dogs found him hiding by a shed.

He was held without bail Saturday in the Hillsborough County Jail.

“I am thankful that this dangerous individual was quickly located before he could seriously hurt someone,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.

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