Tyrell Stephen Phillips, 22, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Sunday morning's shooting
A 22-year-old has been charged after a shooting in Florida left two people dead and 16 others injured in Tampa on Sunday morning.
Tyrell Stephen Phillips was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the role he allegedly played in the shootings that took place in the city's Ybor City neighborhood, according to a statement from Tampa Police.
In another press release, Tampa Police stated that the shooting took place on E. 7th Ave after an “altercation between two groups escalated to gunfire” before 3 a.m.
Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said in a news conference that at least two shooters opened fire, The Associated Press reports.
A 14-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were killed in the violence. Sixteen other victims were rushed to nearby hospitals, with 15 of them sustaining gunshot wounds, Tampa Police said in their statement.
"Many of the additional victims, who ranged in age from 18-27 years old, have been medically treated and released from the hospital," said Tampa Police's statement. "Five remain in the hospital, recovering from their injuries."
“We make arrests quickly and with a sense of urgency,” Chief Bercaw said in the Tampa Police press release. “If you commit a crime in Tampa, you are going to pay for it and you are going to be charged.”
It's not clear if Phillips has entered a plea or retained an attorney.
According to CNN, police are investigating to see if other shooters were involved after one of the two handguns that were recovered from the scene was identified as stolen.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor condemned Sunday’s shooting in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Yet again, a senseless loss of life by those choosing to settle a dispute with firearms,” she wrote. “Lives lost and others forever changed. To what end?”
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