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Tampa football player fired gunshot at end of semipro game, Ocala police say

The man's jersey number helped officers identify him, according to Ocala police.

A 23-year-old Tampa football player is wanted by Ocala police on charges that he pulled a weapon from his waistband and fired it after a semipro football game earlier this month between the Tampa Bay Tigers and the Central Florida Bulls.

Police identified Zachariah Doster, according to the Ocala Star-Banner, in part due to his jersey number: No. 52

The incident took place on July 11 but the arrest warrant was issued out of Marion County on Tuesday, the Star-Banner reported. Doster is wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in public.

The shooting took place at about 10:30 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Sports Complex, police told the Star-Banner. Witnesses told officers that Doster — a member of the Tigers — pulled a black semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and fired a shot toward a referee and bystanders.

The Tigers lost to the Bulls 28-22, according to a Facebook post on the Tampa Bay Tigers page posted a day after the shooting. The post said it was the last game of the season.

“Our season didn’t end the way we wanted,” the post said. “Several mistakes on our part cost us the victory against the Central Florida Bulls.”

The Facebook page makes no mention of the alleged shooting. The Universal Football League, the governing body for both the Tigers and Bulls, did not mention the shooting on its website or social media. The Bulls went on to win the league championship.