A Tampa man is facing a raft of charges after authorities say he drove around the city randomly shooting at people from his car.
Police say the 31-year-old man began his rampage in the late afternoon of July 30, which is when they say they first received a report of a shooting via 9-1-1. Witnesses say he was seen firing a weapon while driving along Westshore Boulevard near I-275, where two individuals were wounded.
He was next reported near Egypt Lake about half an hour later. Witnesses say he drove into a parking lot in the area, emerged from his vehicle, and began yelling before letting loose one shot. He allegedly then left the area and drove by a park, firing in the general direction as he passed.
A driver stopped at the intersection of North Dale Mabry and Lambright Street says the defendant stared and laughed at him before opening fire on his truck. Another driver a few blocks away says he shot at his vehicle, shattering the back window. Shortly after a woman said he acted in a similar manner before firing at her car and slightly wounding her.
Tampa police finally caught up with him and pursued him for a short time before he pulled over and emerged from the vehicle. The responding officer says the defendant loosed several rounds at him at that point, striking his patrol vehicle.
The defendant was finally captured at a nearby apartment complex and arrested. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and charged with attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, four counts of attempted second degree murder, seven counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and three counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle, with more charges possible. He continues to be held without bond.