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Gunfire at Tampa strip club leads to I-275 crash, arrests, police say

No one was injured when the suspects opened fire at the Truth Lounge about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Tampa police.
At least four people were taken into custody early Tuesday after gunfire erupted at the Truth Lounge and the suspects crashed their cars on Interstate 275, police said.
At least four people were taken into custody early Tuesday after gunfire erupted at the Truth Lounge and the suspects crashed their cars on Interstate 275, police said. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 19
Updated Jan. 19

TAMPA — At least four people were taken into custody early Tuesday after gunfire erupted at a strip club and the suspects crashed their cars on Interstate 275, police said.

Officers were called for a disturbance at the Truth Lounge, 4202 W Cayuga St., as the club was closing about 2:27 a.m., according to Tampa police. People in a number of vehicles fired guns from their cars and sped away from the scene.

Officers spotted a white Mercedes, white Dodge Charger, and a silver Lexus speeding south on Interstate 275 but did not pursue them. About 2:32 a.m., the Mercedes and Charger crashed at the Interstate 4 interchange. Both drivers were taken into custody and guns were recovered from both vehicles, police said.

The Lexus continued east on I-4 and was tracked by a police helicopter. Officers were able to stop the car in Plant City and took the driver and a passenger into custody. Guns were also recovered from the Lexus, police said.

There were no injuries reported from the gunfire at the club. The drivers involved in the collisions had minor injuries. Police closed all southbound lanes of I-275 at the I-4 interchange for about three hours after the crashes.

Police have not released the names of the people arrested or provided details about what criminal charges they face.

Investigators asked anyone who has information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.