TPD officers are still searching for a gunman that opened fire on 2 students after a football game

Tampa Police continue to search for a masked gunman who shot at two teenage girls walking home from a Plant High School football game on Friday.

 

"We're trying to keep it as normal as possible," explained Principal Robert Nelson. "A traumatizing event when something like that happens. You don't dream of anything like that happening."

 

According to TPD, the girls were walking on San Miguel around 10 p.m.  The walk took them past million dollar homes and a golf course in the upscale Palma Ceia neighborhood.  That's when a man pulled up in a dark-colored sedan and said something to them.

 

When they ran off, he opened fire, striking one of them in the calf.

 

"It's a little bit of a wake-up call," Natalie Raney said.

 

Raney has two sons at Plant High School. Both know the victims and both returned to a school with increased security on Monday.

 

"When something like this happens, it keeps everybody on their toes," Raney said.

 

The suspect was wearing a ski mask and detectives are diligently working leads to track him down.

 

"I think everybody has a level of concern at this point," Nelson said.

 

Tips and rumors continue to flow into TPD, Spokesperson Andrea Davis said, but they've yet to confirm whether the suspect was at the football game or whether he specifically scouted his victims.

 

"So, we don't know why he stopped these girls. We don't know what he said and we don't know what the motive was," Davis said. "You always need to be aware of your surroundings and know what's going on. It makes no difference where you live. Who your neighbors are."

 

One victim has already returned to school. The other, hospitalized over the weekend, is expected back soon.

 

Raney said, "(This) makes you realize that we're not invincible, that we do have to be careful."

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