TAMPA — Three teenage boys were arrested after a sheriff’s surveillance cameras captured video of a shootout on a north Tampa street.
There was no mention of injuries in a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. Monday at E 138th Avenue and N 15th Street in Tampa The Tampa Bay Times is not naming the teens because of their age.
The video came from some of the 38 “Eye on Crime” surveillance cameras the Sheriff’s Office has installed on top of light poles throughout neighborhoods west of the University of South Florida and around Nuccio Park.
The Sheriff’s Office gave this account of the Monday shootout:
Two boys, both 16, were seen riding a bicycle and a scooter past a group of eight other juveniles when an argument broke out, the Sheriff’s Office said. A group of teens including a boy of 17 chased after the 16-year-olds, and one of the 16-year-olds turned and fired with a 9 mm handgun.
The 17-year-old returned fire with .22-caliber revolver.
Deputies responded to reports of gunfire and located the 17-year-old along with other juveniles in an apartment on the 1500 block of E 138th Avenue. He was arrested on a charge of minor in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm and discharging a firearm in public.
The .22 caliber revolver and a replica Glock BB gun also spotted at the shooting scene were found inside the apartment.
Deputies tracked down the two 16-year-olds the next day, riding the same bicycle and scooter in the area of N 15th Street and E 122nd Avenue. They were followed to a vacant apartment on the 1300 block of E 127th Avenue.
When deputies knocked on the front door, one of the boys jumped out the back window with a 9mm handgun in his hand. He dropped the gun in an adjacent apartment complex. After a short foot pursuit, deputies arrested him on charges of minor in possession of a firearm, reckless display of a firearm, armed trespassing, resisting without violence, and attempted tampering with evidence.
The other boy was arrested inside the apartment on charges of trespassing, and on charges from a warrant armed burglary of a dwelling, grand theft of a firearm, and minor in possession of a firearm.
A .380 caliber handgun was found hidden inside the apartment.