One person died in a shooting in Tampa on Monday afternoon, police say. A few hours earlier, and a few kilometers away, two other people had been seriously injured in another shooting in the city.
Tampa police responded to the first shooting, in the area of East Columbus Drive and North Avenida Republica de Cuba, around 1:40 p.m. By the time officers arrived, a person had been taken to a hospital in the region and the second was receiving CPR in the hospital. scene, according to Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor. The second person is also in critical condition at a local hospital, she said.
O’Connor and State Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, speak to the media in front of a gas station cordoned off with crime scene tape around 3:20 p.m.
“We know we have two victims. We don’t know how many shooters we have, we don’t know how many guns we have,” O’Connor said. “We don’t have any of that at the moment.”
The shooting happened in front of a school, she said. However, school was not in session.
Officers were called to a second shooting, this one at North 35th Street and East Chelsea Street, around 3:30 p.m., according to a police department news release. The scene is about 2½ miles from the first shot.
An injured adult male was at the scene. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died, the statement said.
No further information about either shooting has been released.
The shootings come three days after National Gun Violence Awareness Day was marked at events across the country, including in Tampa.
O’Connor spoke at the event and said Friday night that 20 people had been killed in Tampa as a result of gun violence in 2022. The next day, Tampa officers investigated a report that someone One had been shot and found the body of a man near the porch of a home in the 9800 block of North Myrtle Street, the department said in a Saturday morning news release.
Both O’Connor and Hart implored members of the public to call authorities if they see anything suspicious.
Hart says she and other members of the Florida Legislative Assembly do not take gun violence cases such as Monday’s shootings lightly. She said the biggest fear many state lawmakers have is that gun violence could increase this summer because people have access to guns.
“So for all of us in the Legislative Assembly, we’re trying to fight, to see what we can do to put tougher gun laws into practice,” Hart said. “Because we have to do something.”
“We have to do a little better as a community to try to prevent these cases before we react after the fact,” O’Connor said.
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