David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 12-051
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- February 10, 2012
- Contact Person:
- Larry McKinnon : firstname.lastname@example.org
Update On Child Shot By New Year’s Celebratory Gun Fire
Detectives have released more details about the shooting.
- January 1, 2012
- Time: 1:00 AM
- 415 14th Avenue SE
- Ruskin, FL
415 14th Ave. SE
415 14th Ave. SE
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has received more than 30 tips from the community in reference to people shooting guns into the air. Hillsborough County Sheriff's detectives followed up on all tips and all have met with negative results.
In an effort to generate more specific and accurate tips from the community, the following information is being made public:
1. The bullet that struck the victim is a .45 caliber full metal jacket.
2. The shooter was most likely within one mile of the intersection of 14th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE in Ruskin.
3. The bullet struck the victim between 12:01am and 12:07am on 1/1/12 (just after midnight on New Year's Eve).
The victim underwent multiple surgeries and is continuing to recover at home.
Detectives are requesting if anyone was in the area of 14th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE in Ruskin during the times indicated and has information that could assist in the investigation; please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS. You can also text your tip to 274637 (text CSTB plus your tip).
Previous News Release (12-001):
On January 1, 2012 at approximately 1:00 am, HCSO was notified that a child had been shot while standing in his front yard located at 415 14th Ave SE in Ruskin. Preliminary investigation has revealed that during the evening, the victim and his family were sitting outside their home watching fireworks being shot off in the area neighborhood.
Just after 1:00 am, the victim and his mother were still outside when she saw her son fall to the ground bleeding from his nose and eyes. At that moment, she wasn't aware that her son had been shot, however she new it was some type of serious medical issue so she drove him to South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center.
Once at South Bay Hospital, doctors quickly determined that the victim had suffered a gunshot wound that entered the top of his head and he was rushed to Tampa General Hospital where he remains in critical condition with the bullet still lodged in his head.
Detectives have interviewed the child's family members as well as the neighbors and have determined no one in the immediate area was firing a gun. It appears at this time that the victim was shot from celebratory gunfire falling from the sky from a distance that could range for miles away.
The investigation is still on going and detectives would like to talk to anyone who may know of someone in the area of Ruskin who may have been firing any type of firearms into the air during the New Years celebration. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.