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Police release video of 'potential witness' in Plant High shooting

TAMPA — Police released a series of surveillance images taken Friday night that show a man they say might have information about the shooting of a 16-year-old girl following that night's Plant High School football game.

The unidentified man was seen walking to the football field at the South Tampa high school the night of the game, police said.

About 10 p.m., the 16-year-old was walking home from the game with a 15-year-old classmate when a man pulled up next to them on W San Miguel Street near S Bendelow Trail. He rolled down the window, said something, and pointed a gun at the girls, police said.

The girls ran and the man fired, hitting the older girl in the lower left leg, police said. She was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The surveillance video, recorded on a series of cameras around the school shortly before the shooting, was released Wednesday as detectives continued to investigate the crime.

Tampa police officials stopped short of saying the man in the video might be a suspect, referring to him as a "potential witness."

"We have no information that he was involved in the crime," said Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

On the video, the man is seen walking through a parking lot, then along a sidewalk where students and others are gathered, then across an athletic track to where the football game was held. He wore a sleeveless red T-shirt, blue shorts, a ball cap and sunglasses.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.