Children trick-or-treat on Halloween night on Bay Meadow Court. But, now Roberto and Christi Anderson, who have lived here for 12 years, are to afraid to even open their door.
In tears, Christi Anderson said, "That's what I was worried about," she said pointing to her husband. "He could have been dead."
Christi and her husband, Roberto, are in excruciating pain. But they are alive, even after being shot multiple times.
"Now I have 30 holes in my leg from the bullet fragments," Christi said
Roberto said, "I got shot twice on the leg. The worst injury is to my index finger, I don't know if I will be able to use it again. They said it was damaged to the bone. The skin is peeled back."
The couple spent the morning in the hospital, after a terrifying ordeal around 2:00 a.m.
Roberto had just gotten home after watching an NBA game. Their three-month-old puppy, Bella, needed to go outside.
"There was a guy standing out there with an assault rifle. With it being Halloween, I thought it was a practical joke. You know, people try to scare you and get their kicks. And then there was another guy by my car and he takes aim at me. So at this point, I realize this is not a practical joke," said Roberto. "So I dropped the dog and grabbed the gun. They both started opening fire and I started taking shots."
Screams woke Christi up. She thought Bella had been hit by a car. So did the couple's daughters, 13-year-old Bianca and 8-year-old Bree.
"I opened the door and there was this guy 15 feet in front of me with a gun. I told the kids to get on the floor I dialed 911. By that time, Bree, the little one, started crying. I had been shot. There's blood all over," said Christi.
But Christi wasn't worried about herself. "I thought something may have happened to (Roberto)."
And Roberto worried that the men, who he had never seen before, would try to break into his home.
"This is something you see in the movies, and never think it would be us," he said.
They lived in the neighborhood for 12 years, and say they never have seen anything close to this.
A bullet hole is visible on the couple's truck, bullet fragments on their front door and even inside on their couch.
"When I was rolling on the floor, I was thinking. If I would have died then, I would have come back as a ghost, because that would have been my worst regret, not knowing what happened to my family.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating and still searching for the suspects.
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