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Violent Shooting Unfolds Near Central Florida Elementary & Middle School

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation on the 7800 block of Rideout Road in Tampa that left one person dead close to an elementary and middle school.




On Thursday, at 10:40am, a shooting occurred in front of the Get-N-Go. When deputies arrived, they located three people with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue paramedics pronounced one man deceased; two others were taken to TGH and went into surgery.

A short time later, an individual approached one of our deputies and stated he was involved in the shooting. Detectives then interviewed that person of interest.

Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are piecing together the scene and conducting additional interviews.

“This violent scene unfolded within feet of an elementary and middle school,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “This disregard for human safety, especially our children, is infuriating. Our detectives and deputies will get to the bottom of this crime.”

Dowdell Middle School and Claire Mel Elementary went into a lock-in safety situation, and no students were involved in this event.

This investigation is ongoing, according to law enforcement.

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