Hillsborough County deputies are looking for a man who shot at and then robbed a Tampa couple

PALM RIVER, Fla - Down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head, a Tampa man could do little to protect his wife.

"He pointed the gun and said, 'I will kill you.  I will kill you," said the man, who asked that he and his wife not be identified.

Hillsborough County deputies say the couple just arrived home from work Tuesday night when a gunman jumped out of a car and approached their car with a gun.

It was 9:30 p.m. and it all happened just off Palm River Road.

With no lights in their garage port, it was hard to see the gunman's face.  It was dark and he was dressed in all black, according to the male victim.

"He fired a shot.  I saw the flame in front of the gun," the male victim recalled.

Trying to protect herself, the woman ran into the car, locked the doors and rolled up the passenger side window.  Deputies say when she refused to open up, the gunman opened fire, shattering the passenger side window.  The bullets lodged in the dashboard and center console of the car.

"I thought my wife got killed," her husband said.

The woman was not injured.

That's when the couple says the gunman demanded the woman hand over her purse.  If she did not comply, he threatened to end her life.

The woman handed over her purse.  Inside there was bank cards, money and her identification.

According to the male victim, that is when the gunman ran toward a car, jumped in and sped off.  It is believed the gunman had a getaway driver, according to the couple.

"I was so scared. After, my wife came out of the car and she is feeling her body.  She thought she got shot too," the male victim said.

The getaway car is described as a newer, silver, four-door vehicle with tinted windows and was possibly a Nissan or a Toyota.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 5'9" and 6'1",  weighing 150-180 pounds and was last seen wearing dark clothing.

The couple told ABC Action News they had never seen the gunman before.  They also believe he may have been watching them for some time and followed them home from work.

Anyone with any information regarding the suspects in this case is urged to called the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813.247.8200.  Or, anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

You can also report information anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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