Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident that occurred Sunday night in Carrollwood that left a 14-year-old dead and a woman critically injured.
At about 9:30 p.m., deputies were called to The Place at Carrollwood apartment complex, where the 14-year-old was hit and killed by a vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.
“Deputies learned a physical confrontation took place minutes before the crash and the driver of the vehicle is believed to have been involved in the initial altercation,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “At some point, shots were fired toward the driver.”
The driver, a woman in her 20s, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, deputies said.
“We are extremely saddened by the tragedy that resulted from a meaningless fight,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “A child is dead because of the irresponsible actions of adults who engaged in a verbal dispute and allowed it to escalate. Our detectives are processing the scene, interviewing witnesses, and working to determine who fired the shots. At this time, no arrests have been made and the motive is under investigation. Those who saw or heard something are urged to come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s office at (813) 247-8200.