People shot overnight outside Ybor City nightclub; 2 dead, 18 hurt

People shot overnight outside Ybor City nightclub; 2 dead, 18 hurt

The incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday near the Tangra Nightclub in the 1600 block of E 7th Ave, according to the Tampa police.

Police Chief Lee Bercaw stated that the altercation began with a dispute between two groups. Unfortunately, one person lost their life at the scene, and a second individual passed away at a local hospital.

“This morning, it’s tragic that families have to wake up and see on the news what happened here tonight,” Bercaw expressed. “We have to think about the families involved and the victims that were involved, and our hearts go out to them.”

The full extent of the injuries to the 18 individuals was not immediately clear, but they were transported to the hospital. The police did not specify whether all the injuries were related to gunshot wounds.

People shot overnight outside Ybor City nightclub; 2 dead, 18 hurt
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During the investigation, more than four dozen officers were present in the area.

Emmitt Wilson shared that his 14-year-old son, Elijah, was one of the victims who was shot and lost his life. He mentioned to Spectrum News that his son was a good kid but sometimes associated with the wrong crowd. He expressed his profound sadness, saying, “You never expect this to happen. It was multiple people shot and he happened to be one of the unfortunate to take this. I have to take this loss right now.”

Bercaw stated that one person has surrendered to the authorities, but he emphasized that the investigation is still in its initial phases.

He encouraged anyone with video footage of the incident to get in touch with the police at 813-231-6130 or reach out to Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

Bercaw also mentioned that nearby businesses have volunteered to provide their surveillance video for the investigation.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor expressed her dismay about the tragic incident on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, stating, “Yet again, a senseless loss of life by those choosing to settle a dispute with firearms. Lives lost and others forever changed. To what end? The Tampa Police Department had 50 officers deployed in the area at the time, so this is not a law enforcement issue.

“Bad decisions made in a split second and the proliferation of readily available guns are responsible for these almost daily incidents. We can affect one half of this equation.”







( Source:  Spectrum Bay News )