TAMPA - It was a chaotic scene at Whiskey North nightclub in Carrollwood early Sunday morning with at least twenty shots fired.
When the shooting started, an estimated 200 customers leaving Whiskey North ran for their lives. Some hid behind a white Mercedes that was peppered with 10 bullet holes. Several rounds hit and injured 27-year-old Yakim Williams and 31-year-old Sheldon Lillie.
"It's unclear whether those two men are innocent bystanders or part of two groups in some sort of fight," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesperson, Samara Sodos.
Whiskey North management told the HCSO there was no fight inside or outside prior to the shooting. But neighbors say disturbances here are common.
"Usually on Saturday nights you hear a lot of screaming and yelling," said Aldrin Giler who lives in a quiet cul-de-sac, just a stone's throw from the nightclub on Dale Mabry Highway N.
"One of those bullets could miss and hit one of the neighborhoods here," said Giler.
Neighbors here also remember the shooting at Whiskey North in July in which a 23 year old man was killed in hail of bullets in a dispute over a girlfriend.
"This is the second violent crime in six months at Whiskey North and we are concerned about this," said Sodos.
Security camera images of cars that might have a connection to the shooters were released by the Sheriff's office and have already generated leads for investigators.
Last year nearly 150 calls for service from Whiskey North were made to the Sheriff's office. One incident can generate many calls, but the seriousness of some of the crimes means Sheriff's commanders plan to sit down with the owners of Whiskey North to talk about ways to prevent violence in the future.
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