Police: Tampa man fired gunshots along Hillsborough Ave., outside strip club

Published March 1, 2012

TAMPA — Police arrested a 30-year-old man Wednesday morning after he was seen firing gunshots up and down Hillsborough Avenue and outside the entrance to a strip club.

David Lealan Henderson was shooting a gun in the area of W Hillsborough Avenue and N Matanzas Avenue just after 12:30 a.m., police said. But by the time officers arrived, he had fled in a green 1998 Ford Mustang, officials said.

Just before 1:30 a.m. Henderson shot his gun about five times near W Hillsborough Avenue and N Lincoln Avenue and then parked his car behind Hush Gentlemen's Club, 3260 W Hillsborough Ave., police said.

Shortly after he went into the club, Henderson was kicked out for "creating a disturbance," police said.

He got back into his car, drove up to the front door of the club, yelled at club security and then waved a pistol in the air, firing two shots, police said.

Across the street, Tampa police Officer Deveka Myles was writing reports when she heard the gunfire.

She got into her cruiser and drove behind the Mustang as Henderson fled, police said. As she tailed him, Henderson threw the gun out the window of his car, police said.

Myles pulled the Mustang over in the 5100 block of N Matanzas Avenue, picked up the pistol and arrested Henderson.

He was charged with discharging a firearm in public, reckless display of a firearm and driving with a suspended license. Henderson was released on bail Wednesday afternoon.